With an overall success rate of about 95 percent and nearly 50 years of research to back them up, dental implants are widely considered to be the gold standard of treatment in tooth replacement dentistry. While dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, implant failures can occur, although rare, so it’s important to understand the factors that play a role in the outcome of dental implant success.
Overall General Health: Your overall general health, lifestyle, and medical history can have a potential impact on the success of dental implants. For instance, those who are non-smokers and are in good health tend to experience greater success in the dental implant healing process than those who smoke. Also, patients with a medical history of diabetes, osteoporosis, or a compromised immune system sometimes face a greater risk of complications with healing.
Bone Quality and Quantity: It’s important to have sufficient bone at the site of where the implant is to be placed, in order to securely integrate with the implant and support the stress of chewing and long-term usability.
Compliance with Post-Surgical Care: Though the durability of dental implants outranks alternative tooth replacement solutions, they do require routine care and maintenance. Such maintenance includes daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to your dentist’s office for routine cleaning and check-ups.
If you think you may be a candidate for dental implants or would like to learn more about the dental implant procedure, contact Austin Oral Surgery for a dental implant consultation.