Dental implants are sturdy and meant to last decades or even a lifetime. We specialize in dental implants in our Milwaukee, WI dental practice and have experienced dentists to help you enjoy the benefits of this innovative treatment to replace missing teeth.
Dental crowns are typically made of porcelain, which closely mimics tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the most durable substance in the human body, but it is not indestructible. Just like your natural teeth, your dental crown can chip or break if you bite into something too hard or if you grind your teeth.
Here are some tips to keep your dental implant crown from damage:
Don’t Chew Ice or Hard Candy
When you put something in your mouth, your natural instinct is to chew it. Hard candy and ice cubes can chip or crack your implant crown. Accidents also happen with olive pits, nuts, and other hard foods. It is a good idea to exercise caution when eating anything that might contain something hard.
Nighttime clenching and grinding may lead to chipped or broken dental implant crowns. If you clench and grind your teeth, we might recommend a nightguard to protect your teeth and your dentistry. Constant, excessive pressure of bruxism might damage your implant crown and can also cause your dental implant to fail. If you ever feel sensitivity or pain upon waking, let us know so we can protect your investment with a bite adjustment or nightguard.
What to Do if You Break a Dental Implant Crown
If you break one of your dental implants, contact our Milwaukee, WI dental office as soon as possible. Save the pieces, if you can. Typically, we will need to replace a dental implant crown if it breaks, but the dental implant post and abutment should remain intact.
Your dental implant is breakable, but not fragile. Treat it with the same common sense caution as you treat your natural teeth, and you can enjoy many years of reliability from your dental implant.