Can dental implants crack like teeth?
Dental implants consist of three parts: the implant post, custom abutment (attachment), and the dental implant crown.
Dental implant posts, or screws as they are sometimes called, are typically made of titanium or another type of biocompatible metal. These are unbreakable and will not deteriorate within the body.
Abutments are attachments that secure to the dental implant post and provide a foundation for the dental crown. Abutments are typically custom-designed because the dental implant post may be placed at a specific angle to embed in the densest part of the bone. The abutment will make it possible to attach a dental crown correctly, so the crown fits perfectly with adjacent and opposing teeth.
We use tooth-colored dental implants in our Monroe Township dental office. The dental implant crown itself, typically made of porcelain, offers durability. Porcelain is natural-looking and long-lasting but is also susceptible to the same trauma as the enamel covering natural teeth.
Dental implant crowns are not fragile, but they are breakable. When eating foods like cherries and olives, use caution because even foods that claim to be pitted can still contain pits that can break a crown. Don’t chew on ice or hard candy.
If you do break a dental implant crown, the underlying dental implant may still be undamaged and promptly replacing the crown will keep your teeth from shifting.
If you break a dental implant crown, or to learn more about dental implants in Monroe Township, contact Monroe Dental Arts to schedule an appointment.