What Factors Contribute to Long-term Success of Dental Implants?

What Factors Contribute to Long-term Success of Dental Implants?

Like any medical treatment, there is always a small chance of failure with the placement of dental implants. There are some factors which can increase the chances of failure occurring; similarly, there are factors which also lend themselves to ensuring dental implants remain a long-term success.

One of the major factors that contribute to the long-term success of dental implants is the skill of the dentist who is placing them. An experienced dentist will ensure that the placement of the titanium within the patient’s mouth is deep enough into the gum tissue and is making sufficient contact with the jaw bone to ensure a strong bond is made, helping to better support the implant.

They will also be best able to gauge the quality and quantity of the jaw bone. For the best chance of dental implant success, there requires a good amount of quality, healthy bone. Where the bone is not of sufficient quality or quantity, a bone graft may be required in order to build up the bone.

Changes in lifestyle, such as cutting down on alcohol and tobacco consumption can greatly enhance the chances of successful dental implant treatment. Both substances have been shown to increase the likelihood of oral cancer and gum disease, and can curtail the bonding and healing process associated with dental implants, leading to impaired bonding which may compromise the strength of the implant.

Regular dental and medical checkups to ensure underlying medical conditions such as diabetes are managed effectively can help promote and maintain natural healing of the implant, and preserve the health and condition of the remaining teeth. And for those who clench or grind their teeth at night, wearing a mouth guard can help to alleviate pressure on both the implant and natural teeth, thus helping to avoid the potential for damage.

Perhaps most importantly, by treating a dental implant as one would a normal tooth, and maintaining a good dental hygiene program involving regular brushing and flossing, coupled with regular visits to the dentist, can help ensure the success and longevity of dental implant treatment. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

For additional information and to schedule your dental implant consultation, contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro today.