Did you know that it is possible for dental implants to fail? Imagine going through all the surgery to have the implants placed only to have them fail on you a couple of years later. While rare, it does happen and there are certain health factors linked to their failure. Dental implants have taken the dental industry by storm and many patients love the idea of them, especially since they are durable and they have a 95 percent success rate, sometimes higher than that too. While 95 percent seems like a great odd, this means that 5 percent of the time, they fail. Typically, if your dental implants are going to fail, they will do so soon after being placed and you will experience problems within the first couple of months.
At C.S. Family Dental, we do everything we can to make sure your will not fail. The biggest reason for failure is due to peri-implantitis, which is a type of gum disease. Other health factors and stress on the implants can cause problems as well. While you will not be able to eliminate all the risks that can cause failure, there are steps to be taken that can prevent failure. Dr. Sohn is committed to making sure you know and understand how to care for your implants.
Care for Yourself
Your body is a conduit and if there is a problem in one area, it can travel to another. It is important that you take care of yourself to prevent dental implant failure. Things such as a poor immune system, medications, osteoporosis, and similar can affect your chances at successful implants. Some conditions can be addressed such as tobacco use, but not all problems have a solution.
Oral Issues and Bone Health
Implants need to be placed in bone that is healthy. If your bone is not healthy, the failure rate will jump. Typically, if you do not have enough bone to support an implant, a grafting procedure will need to be performed to restore bone in the area.
In addition, if you suffer from bruxism, then you may place too much stress on the implants, which can cause them to fail too. If this is the case, you may need to have the condition treated first before implants are received.
Maintenance of Your Implants
While you may think that your dental implants do not need to be cared for, they do. Improper care can cause them to fail, especially when gum disease, bone loss, or decay is present. It is important to have your dental implants checked up regularly and for you to attend cleanings by your dentist when scheduled.
Visit C.S. Family Dental Today
If you have dental implants, it is important for you to properly take care of them and have your health assessed PRIOR to receiving them to ensure that you are a good candidate. If you would like to see if you can receive dental implants, contact C.S. Family Dental to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sohn in our Denver office.