Studies show that dental implants are one of the most successful implant-in-bone procedures, over 90%. At our office, we are highly committed to this through advanced training and skills in all aspects of dental implant treatment – diagnosing the number of implants needed, the best type of implant and selecting placement locations as well as the actual placement process.
Although a successful outcome begins with the part of treatment we provide in our office, there are ways that patients can boost the potential of success. Once a patient leaves our office, success or failure potential of their implants is in their control to a great extent.
A dental implant that fails and requires removal is most often the result of an infection caused by oral bacteria. Infections may be the result of poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, teeth grinding during sleep and diabetes.
When bacteria accumulate in gum tissues surrounding the implant, inflammation sets in. As it continues, the Infection travels down the implanted post. This allows oral bacteria to attack bone structure supporting the implant. Early treatment may be able to resolve the infection before it becomes too widespread. When treatment can only be successful without the implant in place, it must be removed so healing can begin.
Smoking has always been a risk factor when it comes to implant success. However, a problem that many do not associate with creating risk to an implant is bruxing (clenching and grinding teeth) during the healing phase. Grinding one’s teeth can lead to implant failure to a greater extent than many realize. One study on dental implant success showed that 29% of patients with bruxing problems experienced implant failure. That’s a significant number.
Studies also show that implant failure rates are higher when the placement doctor has less than 5 years of experience. Because your choice of who places your implants can have an impact on their success, choose carefully. Having a successful outcome will save you time, money and allow you to enjoy your dental implant without undue treatment complications.
While all doctors strive to help their patients have a positive outcome when it comes to any procedure, not all aspects of treatment are within the control of the doctor. We believe that being thoroughly communicative with patients can optimize the success of their implants, which can be as important as the exceptional care you’ll receive.
To begin, ask for a free consultation. During this time, I’ll answer your questions and make recommendations. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule.