This is the second time my dental implant screw broke on the same implant. I got the implants in 2011. I don’t have to ask if this is normal because I know it isn’t. Each time the implant dentist says he doesn’t know what happened. He questions me like I am responsible. Why would I break my own implant and go without a tooth? I got the implants because I never wanted to go without teeth again! Why is this happening? Thanks. Brian.
Brian – When a dental implant screw repeatedly breaks, it is usually an indication that there is too much stress on the implant. The biting force on the tooth is too great, so the screw breaks.
The size and quality of the screw or the dental implant itself may also be a factor. If an implant is too small for the biting force in that location of your mouth, it won’t withstand the stress. An incorrectly seated implant crown may also be a contributing factor.
The screw can be repeatedly replaced, but it is obviously best to determine the cause of the problem. Your implant, bite, and crown need to be examined and evaluated. You can request an evaluation from your dentist. You may get additional information by seeking a second opinion from an experienced implant dentist. He or she will examine the implant, crown, and your bite, and recommend a resolution.
Your dental implants may have a warranty. Each dentist has his or her own warranty policy. If you are not aware of one, check with your dentist’s office about it, and ask what arrangements can be made to help you avoid additional repair costs.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.