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A Guide To Understanding Dental Implant Failure--And What Can Be Done To Prevent It

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If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are often an ideal way to restore your healthy smile. However, dental implants are complicated and have a failure rate of up to 5%, so it is important to note that they are not always appropriate for all adult patients. Fortunately, dental professionals have a clear understanding of the most common reasons that dental implants fail and it is often possible to prevent them from doing so.

Problem-Lack Of Bone Density And Strength In The Jaw

Unfortunately, the reason that you need dental implants, which is obviously missing teeth, is often the reason that the implant will fail. Specifically, if you have been missing teeth for a while, the jaw has probably already lost some of its strength. A weak, soft or too-small jaw is less likely to be able to support the implant because the implant is less able to integrate into the jaw.

Solution- Consider Grafting Bone To The Jaw

There are two possible solutions to that problem. First, the dentist or oral surgeon will need to wait one from another part of your body and graft it to the jaw. It is important to note that although bone grafts increase the success rate of dental implants, you will need to allow up to nine extra months before you can complete the procedures. 

Or...Graft Bone To The Sinus Area

Alternatively, your dental professional may suggest a sinus lift. This option also uses a bone graft, but the transferred bone is put in the maxillary sinus area. The reinforced area can then better support dental implants.  

Problem #2-You Unknowingly Cause The Implant To Fail

The truth that many people don't want to consider is that dental implant failure can occur, even when your jaw is strong and the dentist is experienced. When that occurs, it is frequently because of something you do or do not do. Smoking, teeth grinding and uncontrolled Type II diabetes are common culprits. 

Solution-Make Necessary Health Improvements 

If you have been looking for an excuse to quit smoking, dental implants are a great motivational tool. A recent study concluded that the failure rate of dental implants for smokers was 9%, as opposed to non-smokers in the same study with only a 4% failure.  

And...Protect Your Existing Teeth And Jaw Now To Use Them Later

If you grind your teeth at night, you could easily damage the implant taking root in your jaw or the false teeth that will attach to it. Fortunately, you can be fitted with a mouth guard to prevent grinding and protect your teeth and jaw.  

Then...Treat Your Diabetes More Aggressively For Better Control

If you suffer from Type II diabetes that is not well-managed, speak to your primary physician or your diabetes specialist about changing your medication, seeing a nutritionist or taking other measures to become healthier. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause your implants to fail, your dental problems to worsen and even dental infections are more common. Be sure to have your blood sugar under control before your implant procedures begin and you are much more likely to still have your implants decades from now. 

In conclusion, dental implants restore the aesthetic appeal and function that typically vanish after losing one or more permanent teeth. In order to increase the likelihood of long-term success with a new dental implant, a dentist like All Denture Dental Clinic will need to evaluate your oral health and make any necessary changes.