5 Factors which can affect the success of dental implants

February 19, 2020 by Dr Kristian van Mourik
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5 Factors which can affect the success of dental implants

Dental implants are often the best option for tooth replacement because they feel so much like natural teeth in terms of how they look and function. Tooth implants are very life like, they look just like natural teeth and allow you to speak and eat as you did prior to tooth loss.

There are some factors that can affect the success of dental implant instalment.  The success of your dental implant/s are also dependent on your knowing how to care for and maintain them.

Below are the main reasons

1.Smoking

Smoking significantly reduced blood flow, therefore impairs healing and decreases the chance of implant success. If you are a smoker and are considering dental implants, consider stopping smoking for 6 months prior to implant surgery in order to increase the implant success.

2. Bone health

Good bone quantity and density greatly contribute to the success of the implant treatment. However, bone grafting can be considered if there is not sufficient bone quality to support the implant.

3. Implant placement staging

The staging of implant surgery is the time taken to allow healing between extraction of the bad tooth, the implant screw placement and implant crown insertion (part that looks like a tooth which you can see in your mouth). The timing of the various surgical procedures needs to be carefully considered. If the process is rushed or not staged appropriately the implant can have an increased risk of failure.

Sometimes, immediate implant can proceed if the bone and site is ready after extraction. However, most of the time, a two-stage implant is done. This allows a couple of months between tooth extraction and dental implant placement.

When you are discussing your implant plan, your surgeon will evaluate your anatomy to determine a treatment plan that will allow you the best outcome with longevity.

4. Diet

It is important to maintain a soft food diet, and try to avoid chewing in the area of surgery for three months after implant surgery, or as directed by your surgeon. A balanced diet is good for your overall health, assists with your healing and will help the implant/s to succeed.

5. Hygiene

A good oral hygiene routine plays a very role in implant success. Brushing, flossing and rinsing daily will help keep the implant site clean and reduce the chances of an infection. Infection due to poor oral hygiene can even develop years after implant placement and may compromise the integrity of your implant.

If you would like to know more if you are a candidate for dental implants, please feel free to contact us (02) 9416 4809.


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