Dental implants are able to undergo a process called osseointegration due to their biocompatible nature, which allows them to fuse with the jawbone and replace the missing root structure of teeth. This allows them to function similarly to your home-grown teeth. Studies have shown that with the proper aftercare and maintenance, they can last for 35 years or more, which is over four times the lifespan of traditional restorations. Read on to learn about five factors that can impact the success of your treatment.
Once you find out that you need to have a tooth removed, to prevent jawbone deterioration, you’ll need to come up with a replacement plan as soon as possible. As soon as your tooth is extracted, the root will no longer be stimulating that area of the jawbone, which could cause it to erode and set back the dental implant process by requiring a bone graft. By acting quickly, you can save money, avoid complications, and replace the root of your missing tooth with a dental implant to ensure that it has enough bone to fuse with.
Maintain Good Oral Health
After your dental implant surgery, you’ll need to maintain good oral health to prevent peri-implantitis, which is an infection that can develop due to poor oral hygiene that results in integration failure. Be diligent about cleaning your mouth and following your oral surgeon’s post-op instructions for a smooth and successful recovery.
Advanced Dental Technology
By choosing a dentist with the latest technology, like a digital impression system, the treatment will be more precise. Not to mention, technology like this will allow you to enjoy more lifelike and natural-feeling replacement teeth that look amazing.
Expertise & Experience
When you choose a dentist who partners with expert oral surgeons to complete the process, you can rest-assured that everybody involved in the restoration of your smile knows exactly what they’re doing. Not only will this yield aesthetically pleasing results, but it will also ensure the success of crucial aspects of the treatment, like the surgery and osseointegration process.
Commitment to Long-Term Success
Just like your natural teeth, your dental implants require a commitment to maintaining good at-home oral hygiene and visiting the dentist for routine examinations and cleanings every six months. This way, if any issues arise, they’re caught before they have a chance to progress and cause serious, permanent damage to your newly restored smile.
With realistic expectations and a trusted and experienced professional by your side, you can enjoy dental implants that not only look and feel like home-grown teeth, but also last for a lifetime.
About the Author
Dr. Nancy Cabansag has over 20 years of experience restoring smiles using the latest technology and techniques available. She enjoys getting to see a patient’s personal transformation after dental implant treatment. Sharing these heartfelt and meaningful moments fuels her drive to provide exceptional, personalized dentistry that patients can trust. For questions or to schedule a consultation for dental implants, visit Encore Dentistry’s website or call 817-508-9881.