Just How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Although it’s fair to think that dental implants are a modern form of tooth replacement the truth is that they’ve been around for over 60 years. However it wasn’t until around 20 years ago that implants started to really take off and only more recently have they become main stream competition for the likes of dentures and bridges. However the one factor that stands them head and shoulders above other forms of tooth replacement is their longevity. Provided that implants are successful, then there is no reason to suggest that they can’t last a lifetime. So what exactly do we mean by successful?
Unlike dentures, bridges or crowns, when you opt for dental implants in Richmond, Birmingham or anywhere else in the country, the process requires a surgical procedure. As with all surgical procedures you can never guarantee success. The reason for this is that there are many factors that may inhibit the success rate and ultimately it isn’t just the skills of the dentist that will make or break this success; the patient plays a large part in this too.
Factors such as an excessive lifestyle can have an impact on the healing process as heavy smoking and drinking can slow down the rate of bone healing which is so important in the dental implant process. In addition diabetes (especially those that suffer uncontrollable diabetes) may also have the same effect and in some cases can halt it all together.
So what about age?
There is no evidence to support the fact that bone tissue in potentially older patients heals at a far slower rate than that of younger people, so in reality age should never be a factor in implant success or failure. Instead, aside from lifestyle, another issue that may inhibit success is failure to maintain good oral hygiene.
In the first few months after an implant has been placed, high standards of oral hygiene are essential. Just like normal teeth, bacteria can attack the gum line and eventually the bone surrounding the implant, causing it to become loose and eventually fall out. In some cases peri-implantitis can occur with painful results. For these reasons, regular brushing, flossing and irrigation with a good quality mouthwash are highly important.
But what about the success rates?
Given the fact that an implant has been placed correctly, good oral hygiene practices are adhered to, and a normal healthy lifestyle is in place, then success rates run at around 95%. For those that undergo implant surgery, the chance to have a tooth or teeth replacement that looks, feels and even acts just like the real thing is a minimal risk worth taking.
If you want to find out more about undergoing treatment for a dental implant in Richmond, then contact Sheen Dental. We’ve been successfully placing implants for many years and our skilled team led by Dr Harmit Kalsi is here to answer all your questions and concerns so that you can make an informed decision. Contact us today on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free, no obligation consultation.