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Cement Related Implant Failure And Why It Happens?

Although cement-related implants offer a myriad of advantages over the screw-like alternative, they also offer a whole host of unique challenges too. Although there is no clear ‘best type’ per se, clinics will have their favourite sort of dental implant. In Richmond for example, Sheen Dental offer a variety of implants to suit the individual, but know that cement-retained implants do have their own set of issues which have to be overcome.

Firstly it’s far harder to remove a cement-retained implant than a screw-like implant should the need arise, especially if the implant or abutment is broken. The other major disadvantage and one which tends to cause the most problems is the over-retention of cement on or below the mucosal margin.


Foreign body

In essence any excess cement can act like a foreign body and as a result may be rejected when contained in the mouth. As a result inflammatory legions develop in the mucosal region around the implant which in turn causes severe bone loss and eventually the loss of the implant itself. In addition to this the cement can act as an oasis for bacteria and plaque formation which will then go on to attack the area, thus weakening the implant.


Halts the osseointegration process

Even if the cement doesn’t happen to cause bone loss, it is known to have an effect on the patient’s soft tissue and can halt the osseointegration process. Even if it were to be successful, there’s no guarantee that the bone tissue or bone density will be strong enough to hold the dental implant.  In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we understand the damage that excess cement can do to the mouth and take the proper steps to ensure that there is no excess, on or below the mucosal margin.


Meticulous in the preparation and cleaning

Having said all of this about cement-retained implants, they do offer the same kind of success rate as that of screw-in titanium implants. The only difference is that meticulous attention to detail needs to be adhered to when removing the excess cement after attachment. Custom abutments can now give the dentist an anatomically shaped crown that makes the cleaning of excess cement, that much easier.


Patients have a part to play too

Sometimes even the most careful of clinicians may leave a bit of excess cement behind and this is why it’s important for the patient to carry out their own thorough cleaning regime. If the patient spots any sign of inflammation, reddening or bleeding around the implant, then they need to contact the clinic immediately. The sooner problems are spotted; the easier they are to deal with.

If you want to know any information about different types of implants or about the whole process in general then speak to Sheen Dental. We’ve been successfully fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years and as a result have vast experience in this field, so contact us today on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk

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