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Question:
Implant Replacement: I had 2 implants done 15 years ago.

There was a defect and they recently broke at the top rendering them useless. They have to be removed.

Can they be removed and new implants be inserted at the same time? ...Visitor from IL

Answer:
Are the implants broken or the screws which attach the abutment to the implant? Often the screws can be replaced. This allows the existing implant to be reused.

If the implants need to be replaced they must be removed with a special trephine drill. Although the drill is expensive it removes the minimal amount of bone.

In many cases, use of a trephine drill allows an implant to be placed after the removal of the defective implant.

It is important that all treatment options are exhausted prior to removing the implants. In the event that removal is required, the exact type of implant must be determined and the manufacturers trephine drill must be ordered.

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