Most dental implant patients will enjoy a positive outcome. In fact, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the success rate for dental implants is approximately 95 percent.
Many factors influence dental implant success, including the quality of available bone and the patient’s oral and overall health, among other concerns.
The patient must have a sufficient amount of bone into which the implant dentist can insert the implant. This aspect is central to long-lasting dental implants, as the implant may ultimately fail if there’s not enough bone to support a strong bond between the implant and the jaw.
Patients with extensive bone loss need not be discouraged, though. They still can be candidates for this treatment by undergoing a preliminary bone graft to provide supplemental bone at the implant site. This step does extend the treatment timeline, but it can ultimately allow the patient to access the desired treatment.
Uncontrolled gum disease can also compromise the dental implant if it continues to attack the soft tissues and eventually the underlying jawbone. Therefore, patients with gum disease should have that problem addressed prior to getting dental implants.
Additionally, patients must be in good enough overall health to tolerate the surgical procedure involved with dental implants.
Smoking also presents a potential obstacle to dental implant success. This habit is associated with tissue inflammation, which can negatively affect the healing process.
The patient also plays an important role in the long-term stability of dental implants. Proper oral hygiene at home becomes even more critical to reduce the presence of bacteria that might lead to bone loss and, subsequently, implant failure.
Choosing dental implants as your tooth replacement option gives you a good chance of a positive treatment outcome. Contact The Dental Place to have a discussion with any of our implant dentists and learn what steps you need to take to improve your odds of a successful implant treatment. Call us at 972-264-5795 to schedule an appointment today.