The Dreaded Loose Abutment Screw: Etiology, Management, and Prevention

Randolph R. Resnik, DMD, MDS


Randolph R. Resnik, DMD, MDS, focuses on the etiology, prevention, and management of a well-known implant complication in this exclusive continuing education article, which you can receive one continuing education hour for reading. Learning objectives include:

  • Learn why a screw can become loose and the principles of a screw joint.
  • Know how occlusal forces play a role in changes of the preload of abutment screws.
  • Be able to describe the factors involved in the prevention of screw loosening and know how to manage this implant complication if and when it occurs.

For the full article and CE credit, visit