When dealing with tooth loss, there is no treatment option that gives one hundred percent positive result but dental implants are considered today as the best option. The great advantage of dental implants is that they give perfect aesthetic results, replacing missing teeth in the most natural way.
The average success rate of dental implants is around 95%, that’s why that 5 % of dental implant failure is a fact that should be accepted.
The success or failure of your dental implants depends on a variety of factors. So how to prevent your dental implants from failing?
Here’s what you need to know
We can divide Implant failure into two categories:
- early failure: when an implant fails to integrate (become solidly embedded into the bone). Occurs within the first 3-4 months after the procedure.
- late failure: when an implant has integrated solidly, but after months or years, there is bone loss around it. Occurs between 1-10 years after the procedure.
The causes of these failures are very different. Sometimes the patient may not have taken care of the implants well. A gum infection is causing the implants to fail – called peri-implantitis. Bruxism or improper bites cause pressure and undue strain on the implants, triggering failure. Chronic health conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, autoimmune disorders also play roles in implant failure. Some medications can also put patients at risk of losing their implants.
There are many factors that contribute to dental implant failure but the good news is that most of the failures can be salvaged with and proper medical attention.
- bruxism – proactively control this issue with behavioral modifications and a night guard
- poor oral hygiene – leads to gum disease and other infections
- lack gum tissue
- diabetes – make one at a higher risk of late failure.
- lack of bone to support the implant – bacteria can invade and settle on the implant’s surface. Often this kind of infection will result in the removal of the implant if left unchecked or untreated.
What to Do About Failing Implants
The treatment depends on the cause of the failure. In cases of a gum infection, the treatment may involve simply cleaning the implant and focusing on better oral hygiene practices in the future. If detected and treated early, peri-implantitis has a very positive prognosis. In cases of jawbone loss or bone damage causing an implant to fail, the treatment will involve a bone graft.
Prevent Implant Failure
The best way to keep your dental implants healthy is the good oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice daily, and use an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash. Avoid hard and foods that are rough on teeth.
Visit your dentist every three to six months. Here at AllDental Travel, we use the latest in technological innovations to provide our patients with high-quality dental implants that last. For more information or to schedule a consult calls us +44 7883 173201.