Dentistry/Abutement

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I had a dental impact placed 6 months ago... on friday I had the aubtement placed and it fell out in less than a day.... what does that mean? The oral surgeon will replace on monday. BUt is this common, how did it happen? will the whole implant fail?

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Ellen - it means that the doctor did not place the abutment correctly, the abutment was the incorrect size or the doctor did not adjust it so your bite did not affect it.  This is not necessarily a bad situation, as long as the doctor does it correctly.  

The whole implant should be fine as long as the abutment that is placed is correct and does not place excess pressure on the implant.  Most likely he did not place it correctly.  

Tell the doctor that it fell out and you want him to make sure it is done correctly this time.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired

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I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I am available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

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Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicine for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor and State University School of Dentistry.

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American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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BA -University of Connecticut DMD - University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

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National Honor Society (OKU), Philadelphia County Dental Society, Mosby Book Award, Oral Surgery Honors, Summa Cum Laude

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