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

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Fotolia_Dental-Implant-300x225 What Factors Contribute to the Long-Term Success of Dental Implants?Are you interested in replacing lost teeth with dental implants? This revolutionary method for replacing teeth allows patients to enjoy smooth and comfortable oral function without the limitations of traditional prosthetics like bridges and dentures. Dental implants are very long lasting and in many cases, they can last a lifetime. This is because implants are made from very strong materials and the bone surrounding the implant anchors it in place.

While implants are durable, there are factors that patients should take into account to improve the likelihood of an implant’s success. Even though implants do not decay as teeth do, the surrounding tissues like bone and gum tissue are still vulnerable to disease. This means that patients should practice proper oral hygiene including daily flossing, commit to routine checkups and cleanings, and avoid destructive habits like unhealthy eating and smoking.

How do dental implants function?

Dental implants function by replacing the structure of a tooth below the gums and support a prosthetic like dental crown. Sometimes a series of implants can support dentures or a bridge as well. An implant is a titanium, cylindrical post. Titanium is a unique metal because bone can fuse to it. Since bone fuses around the implant, it is very stable and can support permanent prosthetics.

What can I do to improve the longevity of a dental implant?

If you receive an implant, you need to commit to placing a high priority on your oral health. Because conditions like gum disease and bone deterioration can threaten the implant’s longevity, cleanings and checkups are very important to prevent and detect potential oral health threats in their earliest stages. Additionally, meticulous brushing and flossing helps reduce harmful oral bacteria and promote oral health. We encourage patients to eat diets low in sugar and avoid harmful habits like tobacco use.

Who is a candidate for implants?

The only way to be sure if implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation with our skilled team of oral surgeons. Patients who do not smoke and those who have no signs of advanced gum disease are typically good candidates for this procedure.

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