SUCCESS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

7 FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT

 

Dental implant therapy is highly successful.

A dental implant is a titanium device used to replace the root of a tooth. Implants can be used to support a single tooth or many teeth. According to a recent study, dental implants yielded a survival rate of 90% over a 10-year period. Clinical Oral Implants Research. 2010;21(7):772-777.

 

Although highly successful, implant restorations can encounter problems.

The dentist who treats patients with dental implants must be familiar with the potential complications for patients seeking implant therapy.  Common problems include loosening of the crown or bridge from the implant and chipping or fracturing of the porcelain crown or bridge. Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. 1998;79:74-78.

 

Improper position of dental implants in the bone can cause major problems.

Usually a dental surgeon will place the dental implants and a restorative dentist will then design a crown or a bridge to insert onto the implants.  Close communication between surgeons and restorative dentists is crucial for a successful outcome.  A surgical guide should be used to correctly place the dental implants.  Poor implant placement can result in significant patient discomfort, unattractive crowns, increased inflammation due to poor access for cleaning, increased cost of treatment, and decreased long term success. 

 

Is your dentist using a reliable, well documented, dental implant system?

Just like any industry, dental implants are made by many different companies using different designs.  It is advantageous if your dentist uses an implant company with a long documented history of success.  If an implant complication occurs in the future, access to implant parts from a reliable company will save you time and money.

 

Implants improve comfort, retention, and stability for dentures.

Recent studies have shown that patients who had implants placed to retain their dentures gave significantly higher ratings on comfort, stability, and in their ability to chew.  Furthermore, patients who received implant overdentures had significantly fewer oral health-related quality of life problems than did the patients with dentures alone. International Journal of Prosthodontics. 2003;16(4):390-396.

 

Replacement of missing teeth with implants can improve your overall nutrition and health.

People with fewer teeth can become handicapped by their dentition and as a consequence may suffer impaired intakes of some key nutrients such as dietary fiber.  A reduction in dietary fiber, fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  In addition to a decline in nutrient intake, increase in the intake of saturated fats, cholesterol, and calories are reported as the number of teeth decline. J Pub Health Dent. 60(4);May 2007.

 

Implants can be used to support a whole arch of teeth.

Advancements in implant dentistry over the past 30+ years now enable dentists to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw with a fixed set of teeth (bridge). These full-mouth implant reconstructions are highly predictable and can be maintained long term with minimal complications.  However, these more complex treatments options require careful diagnosis and treatment planning to achieve predictable results.

 

The key to successful implant therapy is having experience in the diagnosis and treatment planning.  To learn more, schedule an appointment for an implant evaluation and find out how we can help you improve your quality of life.