Dental implants are becoming more and more popular among patients of all ages. There are many reasons why patients choose them as an alternative to bridges or dentures. This is because the procedure is not painful, provides minimal discomfort and looks more natural than other options to tooth replacement. Additionally, with today’s modern dental technology more people of all ages are candidates for this procedure.
Why Are Implants Placed?
Dentists choose to offer implant placement to patients who have lost their teeth, or will loose their teeth due to decay, periodontal disease or trauma. In most cases, those with trauma or minimal decay have the greatest chance of having implant success, because the gums and surrounding structures are still strong and intact and have proper bone support. Very little maintenance is needed with dental implants, as they are cared for and cleaned without being removed, unlike dentures or partials which must be taken out of the mouth for proper hygiene and care.
Why Wouldn’t An Implant Be Successful?
Although implants are successfully placed and maintained for many years for most individuals, some do not have such luck. Dentists advise that a modern day dental implant is designed to last and function for as long as the surrounding natural teeth, due to both the method of placement and the porcelain material used.
The three major reasons for failure amongst most are:
- periodontal (or gum) disease
- improper hygiene and care
- traumatic occlusion (or shifting of the teeth or implant)
Those who suffer from an ailment called Bruxism, or chronic grinding of the teeth, are most prone to the deterioration of their implants as they will likely be moved from the position they were placed in by your dentist. Additionally, patients who do not attend regular dental visits, for both checkups and cleanings, tend to need to have implants replaced within a few years’ time.
Once the implant (or implants) are placed, it is important to attend regular follow-up visits with your dentist and/or oral surgeon. They will evaluate the implant, gums, jaw and neighboring teeth for any signs of regular wear and tear as well as any areas of interest which may possibly need remediation (in some cases, an orthodontic evaluation is necessary if you suffer from occlusion or Bruxism). In majority of cases, dental implants are a great alternative to other oral prosthetics and are truly built to last, if taken care of properly!