Prevent the Top Causes of Dental Implant Failure
Patients who are missing one or more teeth can take advantage of dental implants at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, serving Charlotte, NC, Ballantyne, NC, and Gastonia, NC. Considered the most reliable teeth replacement option, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Though implants are durable, they are not impervious to problems, and they can fail under certain circumstances.
Here, Drs. John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt discuss how to prevent the top causes of implant failure.
Why Dental Implants Fail
Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98 percent. But there are several reasons why some implants fail. Here are the most common:
- Poor oral hygiene: Once implants are placed, keeping them clean is imperative. If patients do not brush or floss their implants, it could impede healing and long-term stability.
- Slow recovery and healing: If healing takes longer than expected, patients are more likely to suffer from complications, including implant failure. Adhering to the recommended post-operative guidelines is the best way to avoid these issues. Take all medications as directed, keep the surgical site clean, and steer clear of tobacco products.
- Gum disease: Dental implants may be invulnerable to decay, but they can still be affected by gum disease. When a gum infection occurs around an implant, it is called peri-implantitis. This condition can cause bone loss, eventually leading to implant failure.
- Surgical errors: Dental implant placement is a relatively quick procedure, but it should be performed by a skilled and knowledgeable dentist. Our doctors have undergone advanced training in dental implant placement and restoration.
Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Dental Implant
Now that we have explored the top causes of implant failure, we will take a closer look at preventing these problems. Here are some recommendations for keeping your dental implant in optimal condition:
- Brush at least twice a day: Dental implants can be cleaned and maintained just like natural teeth. To keep harmful bacteria at bay, brush your implants with a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristled brush.
- Clean around your implant daily: Unlike a natural tooth root, an implant is cylindrical. It is important to clean all the way around it every day. Ask your dentist or hygienist for dental implant flossing tips. There are also special tools available, such as interproximal brushes and dental picks. Find a routine that works for you.
- Stop smoking: Tobacco use is a leading cause of gum disease. Smoking also impedes the body’s natural healing process by shrinking blood vessels and constricting blood flow. If you are considering dental implants, it is best to kick the habit altogether. However, if you must smoke, abstain from all tobacco products for at least a week before and after your procedure.
- Attend your post-operative checkups: Following your dental implant placement, you will be scheduled for a few post-operative checkups to ensure your healing is going as planned. These visits are crucial to the long-term success of your implant.
- Visit your dentist regularly: Once recovery is complete, patients should continue visiting their dentist for routine exams and cleanings. During these appointments, our team will assess the health of your implant and offer any necessary recommendations.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
If you are thinking about dental implant treatment, schedule a visit to our practice. For more tips on dental implant care and maintenance, contact us online or give us a call at (704) 543-1102.