Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement option out there, and they have become the preferred choice by dentists and patients alike because of their numerous benefits. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces the root of the missing tooth, therefore preventing bone loss and providing additional stability. While the success rate of dental implants is impressive, it is still possible for them to fail. Read on to learn about the signs of an implant failure as well as some ways that you can reduce your risk.
What Are the Signs of a Dental Implant Failure?
If you are experiencing early or late-stage dental implant failure, here are some of the signs that you may notice:
- Difficulty chewing
- Gum inflammation
- Gum recession
- Increased swelling
- Loosening of an implant
- Severe pain or discomfort
How to Reduce Your Risk of Dental Implant Failures
Here are a few tips to help prevent the failure of a dental implant:
- Periodontal therapy: You need to have healthy gums in order to qualify for dental implant placement surgery. Gum disease can damage both the gums and jawbone. When left untreated, it can ultimately lead to an implant failure. If you have gum disease, you need to undergo gum disease therapy before having your implants place.
- Don’t smoke: Tobacco products restrict the blood flow to the gums, therefore slowing the healing process. Smokers have dental implant failure rates that are up to 20% higher. If you smoke, you aren’t disqualified from getting implants, but you will need to refrain from smoking for about a week before and several months after your surgery for the best possible outcome.
- Excellent oral hygiene: Keep up a good oral hygiene routine. Brush, floss, rinse, and follow the instructions of your dentist very closely after your procedure.
- Discuss any medications and medical conditions: Some conditions and medications can affect your ability to heal after a procedure. This can prevent the fusion process from taking place like it normally would. Be open with your dentist about any medicines you take or health issues you have so they can be considered throughout your smile transformation.
Dental implants have a success rate up to 95%, but it’s still important to take precautions to keep them in excellent shape. By following the tips listed above, you can increase your likelihood of showing off your restored smile for many years into the future!
About the Author
Dr. Gary C. Nawrocki earned his dental doctorate from the University of Florida and has been working in the field for over four decades. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He also holds Diplomate status with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. For more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment at his office in Cocoa Beach, visit his website or call (321) 783-7514.