There are many contributing factors that can impact the short and long term success of your dental implants. In most cases, implants are an excellent solution to missing teeth. While studies have shown long term implant success rates to exceed 95%, the majority of failures can usually be attributed to one of the following categories:
1 – General Health Concerns
In some cases, patients with poor general physical health may not be good candidates for dental implants. Habitual use of certain drugs, excessive alcohol consumption, and regularly smoking cigarettes could reduce your potential implant success rate. In addition, patients with a weakened immune system, or those who have a history of excessive radiation treatments or exposure, might not be good candidates for dental implants.
2 – Local Concerns
Many patients have waited an extended period of time to deal with major oral concerns. During this period, extensive damage can occur to the underlying structures of the mouth. Bone quality, quantity and stability are of primary concern when placing an implant. All of these factors will contribute to the strength of the implant, the difficulty of the implant process, and will ultimately effect the short and long term success of any patient’s dental implants.
3 – Maintenance
There is no doubt that implants represent the best alternative to natural teeth for most patients. However, like natural teeth, implants require maintenance. They must be regularly brushed and flossed, and periodically cleaned and inspected by your Oral Surgeon. Without proper care and routine maintenance, dental implants are susceptible to degradation, and potential failure.
Considering the extremely high success rates of dental implants in most patients, there is no reason not to pursue a happy, healthy, pain-free smile. If you have any questions or concerns about these contributing factors, or are curious about whether implants are a good fit for you, don’t hesitate to contact us. Dr. Martin is a dental implant expert, and can properly address all of these common concerns for your specific situation.