What To Do If Your Dental Implant Is Damaged

17 December 2019
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


When you have dental implants, almost nothing can hurt them. However, sudden blows to the face like the kind you might receive during a fight or in a car accident can definitely cause damage to a dental implant. Here's what you should do if your crown has been fully or partially dislodged from your dental implant.

Stop the Bleeding

If you're bleeding, you should try and stop it immediately. This is likely due to the implant being moved during the blow to the face. You can typically stop bleeding in the mouth with cotton gauze or if you have one, a black teabag. The black tea will help the blood to coagulate and stop the bleeding.

If you can't seem to stop the bleeding, seek immediate care from a dentist.

Collect the Crown

If your crown was fully knocked off of your tooth, you'll want to take it to the dentist's office with you. They may be able to utilize it in the repair rather than replacing it with a brand new dental crown.

See Your Dentist

Now, you'll need to head to the dentist's office as soon as possible. You're at risk of developing an infection and other problems after an injury like this, so it's best to get assistance as quickly as you can.

At the dentist's office, explain everything that happened and give them the crown if you have it. Your dentist will examine your dental implant as well as the crown to determine if there's considerable damage to one or both. They may use both a physical examination and x-rays to do this. If the implant seems to be okay and the crown isn't badly damaged, they'll reattach your crown for you using dental cement.

If your crown is damaged, it may need to be replaced. In this case, your dentist will take a look at your dental scans as well as any dental history that you have to order a replacement crown for you. They will also give you a temporary crown (adhered with dental cement) to use until your proper crown comes in.

Once your official crown comes in, you'll be brought back to the office to have the temporary removed and a new one applied. That's all there is to it: at this point, you can go back to your daily life and not have to worry about your smile anymore.

Dental crowns are easy to fix, and when they can't be fixed, they're easily replaced. If your crown has been damaged due to a strike to the face, don't worry about it too much. Leave it to your dentist to fix the problem for you.