Recipe for Successful Dental Implants
For many of our patients, dental implants are the best solution to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants usually offer a permanent solution, however if the proper requirements are not met before the procedure, it is possible to have the implant fail. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we won’t be satisfied with anything other than a 100% success rate, that’s why we make sure the following requirements are met long before the implant process even begins:
- There Is Sufficient Bone: A dental implant will not take properly if there is not sufficient bone left in the jaw to grow around it. When missing teeth are not replaced right away, the surrounding bone begins to melt away from lack of pressure against it. Advanced periodontitis can also contribute to this bone loss. If you do not have enough bone left, you may be a candidate for a separate procedure known as bone grafting which can be performed before you receive your dental implant.
- Systemic Or Chronic Health Conditions Are Being Treated: Receiving dental implants is a surgical procedure, so you must be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Patients who have heart disease, diabetes and respiratory issues may require clearance from their regular physician before having dental implants placed.
- No Tobacco Use: We think it’s safe to say that you already know that smoking or chewing tobacco is not in the best interest of your health. Smokers are more likely to have periodontal disease than non-smokers and smoking is one of the most common causes of dental implant failure. If you are a tobacco user, we strongly (pretty please with sugar on top) suggest that you discontinue smoking or chewing after you receive your new dental implant.
- Good Oral Health: Chances are, periodontitis led to your need for dental implants so we must treat that first. Once we have determined that your gums are pink and healthy again, you are ready to get your new implants.
- Medications And Supplements: It is very important that you inform us of all of the medications and supplements that you are taking—even if it’s just kid’s gummy multi-vitamins. Some medications and supplements may need to be temporarily stopped during the implant process to prevent excessive bleeding or your body rejecting the new tooth.
Let’s face it, getting dental implants is not a quick process and can be a bit complicated. Your best bet is to do everything possible to ensure that they work the first time to save yourself time and unnecessary discomfort. Now what are you waiting for? It’s time to get the ball rolling with your new implants. Contact us for an appointment today!