Understanding Dental Implants: What Are the Causes of Dental Implant Failure?
The purpose of a dental implant procedure is to restore the look and function of teeth, improving the bite for better chewing and digestion, and restoring the mouth so patients can smile fully and feel better about their appearance. People considering single or multiple tooth, or full jaw All-on-4 dental implants, often have many questions about the procedure, especially regarding the safety and potential for failure of dental implants.
Teeth 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.
Understanding the Risks: What Are the Causes of Dental Implant Failure?
As reliable and safe as dental implants are, issues can develop. Understanding these risks is vital to the success of the procedure. Here are several factors that contribute to dental implant failure:
Smoking weakens your body’s ability to fight infection, including gum infections. This makes it harder for your gums to heal after implant surgery and restricts blood flow to the gums, preventing proper healing. Quitting smoking is highly recommended to increase the success rate of dental implants.
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. Patients will need to consult with a periodontist to ensure their gums are healthy before proceeding with the implant.
Dental implants require a strong and healthy jawbone for support. Decreased bone density or insufficient bone can increase the risk of implant failure. A periodontist can assess jawbone health and density before recommending implants.
Medications and Medical Conditions
Certain medications and medical conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune diseases can slow the body’s healing process. Medications used to treat conditions such as heartburn may also reduce new bone growth, affecting the implant’s ability to fuse with the jawbone.
Poor Dental Hygiene
Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential, even with artificial teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing are recommended to maintain oral health and prevent dental implant failure.
Warning Signs for Dental Implant Failure
After dental implant surgery, it’s important to watch for early warning signs of failure, such as inflammation, swelling or recession of the gums, difficulty chewing food, severe pain or discomfort, or a loosening of the implant. These should be investigated promptly.
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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 skilled 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 by visiting reputable sources such as the American Dental Association for more information on dental implants.
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