When Implant Crown Repair Would Be Recommended

Posted by Gregg L Lage DDS Apr 06, 2021

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Damage to or loosening of a dental implant may necessitate implant crown repair. A dental implant consists of three parts: The metal rod that is surgically inserted into the jaw, the crown that mimics the function and appearance of a natural tooth, and the abutment that joins the two together. Usually made of porcelain in the interest of cosmesis, crowns are susceptible to damage as regular teeth are. Depending on when you have the restoration done, you may have to have implant crown repair performed several times over the course of your life.

Signs that you might need implant crown repair

If you observe any of the following signs of damage to an implant crown, see your dentist right away to see if any repair is necessary.

Loose crown

If you hear a strange clicking noise while you speak or chew, it may be a sign that the crown of your implant is loose. This can occur due to loosening of the implant screw or deterioration of the dental cement.

Cracked crown

As with natural teeth, crowns are susceptible to damage. Even in the absence of any acute trauma, normal wear and tear may damage a crown after 10 to 15 years and require implant crown repair or replacement.

Infected gum tissue

Gum tissue that is infected can be swollen, red, tender, and more susceptible to bleeding. An implant can make it easier for an infection of the gums to spread to the jawbone. To prevent this, you may need dental cleanings more often following your implant than you had prior to the procedure.

Causes of implant crown damage

The same forces that can damage natural teeth may also cause crowns to break or crack. Malocclusion occurs when your upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly. It can put excessive pressure on your implant and damage the crown.

While crowns are designed to be strong and durable enough to stand up to most foods, biting or chewing on hard objects can cause them to crack or break. Examples include ice, pens or pencils, and your fingernails. Never use your teeth as a "multi-tool" to open containers or bite anything that is not food.

Just as trauma to the mouth can break or knock out natural teeth, it can also damage your implant. This may occur during sports or because of an accident or fall. If you participate in activities that pose a significant risk of trauma to the mouth, you should use a mouthguard to protect your teeth. Such activities include contact sports as well as those in which you might get hit in the face with a projectile, such as tennis or racquetball. A mouthguard may also be able to protect your teeth while you sleep if you clench or grind your teeth at night.


A dental implant consists of different parts. Barring any exceptional traumatic events, the metal components are very strong and should never need replacing. However, the tooth-shaped prosthesis is made of a more susceptible material and may occasionally need implant crown repair or replacement.

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