A Team Approach Facilitates Longevity for Dental Implants

 

Many patients are under the assumption that the results of implant dentistry are indefinite. In fact, clinical data does demonstrate this likelihood. Studies show that as much as 95% of implanted root replacements remain functional after 20 years. This is significant in comparison to traditional methods of tooth replacement. Bridges, for instance, tend to last only about a decade; and floating dentures require relining or complete redesign from time to time.

Most situations in which tooth replacement is necessary can be successfully handled with dental implants. However, there are things that you need to know in order to elongate the lifespan of these restorations.

The first step to success is choosing an experienced dentist to perform your implant surgery. The manner in which tiny posts are inserted into the jawbone sets the stage for optimal stability through osseointegration. Your surgeon will also be mindful of important considerations such as:

  • The location and depth of implants
  • The spacing of multiple implants
  • The appropriate number of implants based on the final restoration (bridge or denture)
  • Planning and implementation of surgical technique

Your Turn!

dental implants houston tx at royal dental usaOnce your implants are in place, it is up to you to maintain the level of oral health that will support lifelong stability.

Is it possible to damage an implant when it is hidden beneath the gums? The answer is yes. One of the primary factors in failed implant treatment is gum disease. Therefore, it is necessary to promote gum health through good habits. Dentists encourage patients treated with implants to avoid the use of tobacco products, as the chemicals in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco rob tissues of oxygen, setting the stage for inflammation and infection.

Oral health is affected by general health, and vise versa. There are numerous benefits to guarding your general health, and the success of implants is just one. Conditions such as diabetes and even stress can throw the delicate balance of the oral environment off, creating a pathway for bacteria to damage gum and bone tissue. Patients are encouraged to brush and floss regularly, see our dental team as recommended, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Dental implants can, in fact, remain functional for life. Team up with Royal Dental to foster a healthy, attractive smile.

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