Modern dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, and our expectation is that implant patients will never need their implants repaired or replaced. Even so, failures and complications can sometimes occur. Although some failures are unpreventable, most dental implant failures and complications can be avoided with proper care and maintenance. Some common contributing factors are:
Just like natural teeth, dental implants require regular, proper care. Brushing and flossing daily, along with regularly-scheduled routine cleanings and checkups, are the most important things you can do for your implants and the health of the rest of your teeth and mouth.
General physical health and lifestyle:
Your overall health and lifestyle plays a significant role in the health of your mouth, gums, teeth and implants. Those who smoke, have diabetes, and people with compromised immune systems have a lower success rate with dental implants.
Sufficient existing bone quantity:
Your existing bone quantity and quality play an important role in the longevity and usability of your implants. It is important to carefully evaluate your bony structures with 3D imaging to plan your case. Once the implants are in place, the stimulation of the surrounding bone prevents further bone loss in the future.
With proper care, most patients will enjoy a lifetime of happy, healthy, fully-functioning teeth after their implant procedure. If you have specific questions about dental implants, and your individual needs, please contact Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center and schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin.