November 26, 2019
Now, you have more options than ever to treat tooth loss. Besides traditional solutions, like bridges, partials, or dentures, you now have another treatment available. Dental implants in Denver have quickly become the preferred choice to replace teeth because they replicate the entire tooth structure, including the root. As a result, they are the most reliable solution to make a long-term investment in your dental health. Unfortunately, although it is rare, they can fail. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your new smile thrives.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
Generally, the risk of implant failure is less than 5%. Most often, it’s a result of a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. The infection is like gum disease, which means it originates from bacteria found in plaque and tartar accumulations from poor oral hygiene. In some cases, if it’s found early, your dentist can quickly intervene to prevent complete implant failure. Unfortunately, if it progresses, it can destroy the supporting structures for your implants. If too much damage occurs, you’ll need to have them removed.
Can I Prevent Dental Implant Failure?
Over 500,000 people per year turn to dental implants to replace their missing teeth because they have the highest success rate over any other treatment. In fact, they have over a 95% success rate to last for decades with the right care.
Their long-term success relies on having the right foundation, which is why many patients need additional treatments before their placement surgery, like periodontal therapy or bone grafting. After your posts are in place, you can keep your smile infection-fee and your bone strong by following a few simple tips:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
- Floss any natural teeth and around your dental implants every night before going to bed.
- Pay extra attention when cleaning around the abutments and posts.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
- Treat bruxism or teeth grinding with a nightguard.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools.
- Don’t chew on inedible objects.
- Don’t smoke.
- Don’t drink alcohol in excess.
Invest in a Complete Smile
Dental implants are a reliable solution to replace your missing teeth. No matter if you’re missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, your oral surgeon in Denver can help. Rest assured, with the right foundation and a proactive approach to your oral hygiene, you can ensure your new smile will last for a lifetime.
About Dr. Brian Fangman
Dr. Brian Fangman completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training in East Meadow, NY. Due to his advanced training, he’s qualified to perform a variety of oral surgeries, including wisdom tooth removal, dental implant placement, and cleft lip/palate surgery. He can create the functional, beautiful smile you deserve using the latest advancements in dentistry. If you’re interested in treating your tooth loss, contact our office today to see if dental implants are right for you.
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