The purpose of a dental implant procedure is too restore the look and functioning of teeth. The bite is improved to better aid chewing and digestion. The mouth is restored so patients can smile fully and feel better about their appearance. People considering have single or multiple tooth, or full jaw All-on-4 dental implants, have many questions about the procedure.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are safe, long-lasting replacements for our natural teeth which may have been lost to an accident or neglect. They are easy to care for and do not require removal for cleaning. Few patients experience any long-lasting pain or discomfort and implants protect against future health issues.
What causes dental implant failure?
As reliable and safe as dental implants are, issues can develop. There are several things that contribute to dental implant failure.
Smoking weakens your body’s infection fighters (your immune system). This makes it harder to fight off gum infection. Once you have gum damage, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal (CDC, 2018). Smoking restricts blood flow to the gums which in turn prevents proper healing after the implant surgery. This is just another reason in a long list of reasons to quit smoking now.
Healthy gums are essential for the success of dental implant surgery. When gum disease develops and is left untreated, the entire procedure is at risk. Your dentist knows what to look for in healthy gums. Prospective patients will also consult with a periodontist before having dental implant treatment.
Dental implants are anchored to the jawbone, so there must be sufficient bone to provide support. With decreased density comes the increased risk that fractures may develop. Again, a periodontist will make the determination if there is sufficient bone density before proceeding with the implant.
Medications and medical conditions
Some types of medications can impact proper healing after dental implant procedures. Also, there are certain conditions, like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune diseases, which slow the body’s ability to heal. Medications, such as those used to treat heartburn, have been found to reduce new bone growth in some cases. This also affects the implants ability to fuse with the jawbone.
Poor dental hygiene
It is just as important to maintain good oral hygiene with artificial teeth as it is for natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing is recommended to maintain oral health and prevent dental implant failure.
Early warning signs for dental implant failure
After dental implant surgery, both dental care professionals and patients should watch for any early warning signs for dental implant failure. Things such as inflammation, swelling or recession of the gums, difficulty chewing food, severe pain or discomfort or a loosening of the implant should all be investigated.
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The highly-trained dental professionals at EON Clinics are dedicated to your oral health and well-being. We work with highly staff members and use cutting-edge technology in our in-house labs. This creates a one-stop shop for all dental implant needs at clinics throughout Chicagoland and in southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.
From single and multiple tooth to full jaw all-on-4 dental implants, EON Clinics helps patients enjoy eating and smiling again. Find out how dental implants can improve your life.
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