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My dental implant came off, what should I do?

Dr. Lorenzana - Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Dental implants

When missing teeth the best way to restore them is to get dental implants placed and rehabilitated, dental implants involve many benefits like low maintenance, natural looking, long lasting, but they can also become one of the scariest experiences if you get to suffer a dental implant loss.

Many people refer to “dental implant loss” to the fact the prosthesis (dental crown) fall off. This may happen for many reasons, but, what to do when you lose your crown over implant?

  • Save your crown in a clean and safe place
  • Schedule an appointment with your dentist to evaluate and load back your crown in place
  • Keep the area clean with good dental hygiene
  • Don’t forget to bring your crown to your next dental appointment

It’s worthy to say that in these cases patients have NOT lose the implant and should not pay for a new dental implant, they have only lose the crown and if this crown is not broken it may be load back to place.






Other case of “my dental implant came off” happens on the healing processes after implant placement, even if you have immediate load dental implants and a temporary crown have been placed over your implant sometimes happens that patients get worried when they see a little screw falling off after losing the temporary crown. In these cases experts recommend to:

  • Save the little screw in a safe and clean place
  • Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to evaluate and place back the healing cap before gums start growing over the place
  • Keep the area clean with good dental hygiene
  • Bring the part that fall off to your next appointment

In these cases the dental implant have NOT been lose, in these cases the healing cap is the one that has fall off, or another component but not the implant and can be load back to place. Same happens with implant abutments they tend to be confused with dental implants.

Another case of “I lost my dental implant” is the actual dental implant lost when the complete device came off. Most common reasons for dental implant loss are:

  • Alveolar bone: Dental implants that don’t have enough bone to be placed tend to fall off, in those cases bone graft is needed to increase dental implant successful probabilities.
  • Infections, bacteria accumulation lead to develop infections in the tissues around the implant which give support to the implant
  • Bad crown design, if the surface of the crown has little spaces that favor food accumulation this may lead to bacteria accumulation and consequently infection development
  • Occlusal trauma, if the crown over implant doesn’t have a correct alignment with the rest of teeth, the constant unequal forces over the implant induce to


In these cases when effectively is the dental implant the one that have been lost, the first thing to do is to heal the area:

  • Treat and heal the affected area, visit to your dentist as soon as possible to evaluate and prescribe antibiotics and al medication needed
  • Time healing, is recommended to wait enough time for the affected tissues to heal properly.
  • Implant placement: In some cases it’s possible to place a new dental implant.

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