Broken Screw on Implant Retained Bridge

This question was asked by a reader:  “I have a screw retained bridge on implants and a screw broke. What can you do?”

The removal of a broken screw from inside a dental implant can be unpredictable at best.  If the broken fragment is loose, it can be relatively easy to remove, but if the threads are damaged or a thread locking material was used, it can be extremely difficult to impossible to do.

Below is a short video of the procedure done by Dr. Boudet through a surgical microscope.

The ability to retrieve the broken screw from inside the implant without damaging the threads, can make the difference between a simpler implant retained bridge repair and an expensive remake of the case.

I hope you find this informative.  Below is my contact information if you have any questions.

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About Carlos Boudet, DDS, DICOI

Dr. Boudet is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia. After graduating with a DDS degree in 1980, he became a commissioned officer for the United States Public Health Service. When his tour of duty ended in 1982 he received an award for outstanding service. He was asked to serve as Dental Director for Florida Community Heath Centers, supervise the operation of four dental clinics around lake Okeechobee. He established his dental practice in West Palm Beach in 1983 and has been in the same location for 30 years. He is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the Central Palm Beach County Dental Society and a chairman of the Advanced Crown and Bridge course of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic. His articles on prosthodontics and implants have been published in several popular dental magazines.


  1. The dental implant screw removal video is awesome. I got a screw removal kit manual from my friend but I could not visualize the entire removal procedure. But this video helped me to visualize the entire procedure. I hope it will also help dental students to know about the entire dental screw removal procedure.

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