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Dental Implants Ask The Periodontist Edward Brant Question:
My implant fractured and my dentist said he cannot remove it because it will ruin the implant next to it. The implant is in a bottom molar location.

I cannot imagine being without this tooth. Is this true and what are my options? ... Visitor from NY

Implant fracture does not happen very frequently but it does happen.

Very often, the implant body needs to be removed in such an instance. There are various ways to remove the implant body.

One older and still popular way to do this involves using a special drill bit that behaves like tiny hole saw. This technique can remove bone in an aggressive manner and has the potential to sacrifice bone on an adjacent implant.

This sacrifice is what your dentist is worried about. When faced with a situation that you describe I have used a Piezosurgery unit to prepare small cuts in the bone to facilitate the removal of the implant.

The cuts are small so damage to adjacent teeth or implants is less likely to happen. In addition, the technique should allow another implant to be placed at a later time.

Edward Brant, DDS, MS
Reconstructive Periodontist
447 Lake Avenue
St James, NY 11780
(631) 584-4395

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