What Factors Contribute to the Long-Term Success of Dental Implants? - Dr. Colin Richman

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What Factors Contribute to the Long-Term Success of Dental Implants?

November 14, 2013

After a dental implant has been surgically placed in the jawbone, it can be made to look and function almost exactly like a natural tooth. However, the real magic behind implant dentistry takes place below the surface. By far, a healthy foundation is the factor that has the greatest impact on the long-term success of dental implants. As your periodontist performs an assessment to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, the health and quality of your jaw bone will be a top consideration.

During the initial phase of your treatment, the post of the dental implant must be completely submerged and surrounded by bone that is dense and plentiful. The bone must be wide enough and deep enough to cover the post of your implant, just as it would cover the root of your natural tooth. The bone will grow to become fused with the surface of the implant post, and without a proper beginning, the relationship between the bone and the implant would be doomed to failure.

Your body’s ability to heal following the implant surgery, and your ability to remain healthy throughout the rest of your life, will also contribute to the extended success of your implant. Just as you are more likely to lose your natural teeth when you are unhealthy, you are also vulnerable to implant failure when your health is questionable. Uncontrolled heart disease or diabetes, as well as periodontal disease, smoking, and even chronic stress can place both your implants and also your remaining teeth in jeopardy.

A healthy oral environment can extend the lifespan of your dental implants by many years. Correcting bite related conditions such as TMJ disorder and heavy clenching will reduce the stress that is placed on your teeth and supportive bones. You should also avoid harmful habits such as ice-chewing or nail-biting that could traumatize your teeth. Your periodontist will monitor and advise you closely on the very best ways to prevent destructive periodontal diseases.

Dental implants provide a new opportunity for a smile that can last forever. Just speak with our periodontal team today about getting started.

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