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Implant-Supported Prosthetics Repair

An implant-supported prosthesis is a fixed restoration that is anchored to dental implants. A bridge is the most common type of implant-supported prosthetic, but crowns and complete dentures can also be used. 

All of the replacement teeth are supported and held in place by the implants rather than by natural teeth or gums alone. This makes them more stable and more comfortable for patients. The replacement teeth are custom-made to fit each patient’s unique smile in terms of shape and color so that they look as natural as possible. 

What Makes Implant-Supported Prostheses Unique?

Implant-supported prostheses are secured with abutments rather than solely relying on the bond between the restoration and the dental implant itself. Because the restorations are attached to the implants, they do not need support from the surrounding teeth and gums, making them last longer than traditional restorations. 

Implant-supported prostheses are typically made from porcelain, metal, or both, and they are customized to work with the patient’s bite pattern. This ensures they function as well as they look.

How to Repair an Implant-Supported Prosthesis That Breaks or Is Lost?

Although implant-supported prosthetics are very durable and strong, they are not indestructible and can break or fail. If your implant-supported prosthesis breaks or is lost, visit our dentist as soon as possible for a replacement. 

If you’ve lost only one tooth, our dentist may be able to adjust a temporary crown in place until you’re able to come in for your permanent replacement. But if multiple teeth have been lost, you may need to have a custom abutment and temporary denture made before your permanent restoration can be made.

In some cases, the implant itself may have become loose or dislodged from the bone. If this is the case, the dentist will need to remove the broken implant and place a new one in its place. They will likely schedule you for a follow-up visit at a later date to receive a new prosthetic.

In the meantime, avoid biting hard foods on the affected side, and don’t chew on non-food items. To avoid irritation of the gum tissue and discomfort, try using an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed on the packaging.

For more information, contact our Alexandria dental office at (703) 823-2848 or 5130 Duke St, Suite 8, Alexandria, VA 22304, or our Manassas dental office at (703) 479-7654 or 8608 Centreville Rd, Manassas, VA 20110.


5130 Duke St, Suite 8, Alexandria, VA 22304

Phone: (703) 823-2848

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8608 Centreville Rd, Manassas, VA 20110

Phone: (703) 479-7654

  • MON9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • TUE10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • WED - FRI9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SAT7:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • SUNClosed
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