Trouble Shooting Broken Dentures and Dental Implants
For people who are in need of an urgent denture repair, we are here to help. A lot of time they are easily repaired, providing the fit is still correct. Whether you have dropped your dentures or it’s been a fracture in the denture it can be fixed. Biting into brittle food can also cause dentures to break.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are also not immune from problems. Although it is only a small number of implants that have problems, it is more to do with the bone or gum. If dental implants could talk they could tell us there is something wrong but they don’t have “nerves” so it’s often too late and the implant is broken.
What should I do if my implant or implant denture is broken?
If you experience dental implant problems you should see a dental specialist. The specialist will assess the problem by removing the dental crown, dental bridge or implant denture to check dental abutments and dental implants. Broken screws will be removed and replaced. This is part of the emergency dental care provided by Dr. Florian Mack.
Why can my denture or implant break, fracture or get loose?
In most cases, the fracture is a result of forces on your denture and implants. Forces are generated by ill-fitting dentures at insert or at a later stage when regular recalls are not done.
If your bite (occlusion) is not fitting or correctly adjusted on a regular basis (like a car service) chewing forces can damage your denture, crown or bridge, implant parts or denture, too. The bite or occlusion must be balanced left to right. This is called a ‘protective hinge bite’.
Patients with an untreated habit of grinding, bruxing or clenching can damage implants and/or dentures too. During your consultation, you will be given all the treatment options best suited to you.
How long will it take to repair the denture or implant?
First of all the damage will be assessed in the dental chair, so a dental appointment is required. In some cases, we offer the same day repair if the denture or parts of the denture is broken.
If the implant or implant parts are involved, the repair might involve a few appointments. Repair and costs involved will be discussed at your consultation appointment.
What if my implants were placed overseas and my local dentist doesn’t have the right implant tools? (eg implant screwdriver)
Currently, there are more than 1400 implant systems in use worldwide. The challenge is to identify the implant system that’s been used for you. If you have an invoice or other documents that might help us identify the implant system please bring all documents to your dental appointment. If the documents are not available we will take an x-ray and other methods to identify your implant system.
The implant on the x-ray will be compared with samples from a software database involving factors such as the type of implant, shape, upper part, middle part, apex and more. At SEQ Dental Specialist, we have implant tools for the most common implant systems so you can be confident they will be able to help you.