If you’ve heard of dental implants, you likely know they’re highly successful. After all, these replacement teeth have a long-term success rate of over 95%! Still, maybe you’re curious about the reasons for dental implant success. Learning them can determine if the restorations suit you. Fortunately, getting the correct answers isn’t hard; your local San Antonio dentist will happily explain. Here, then, are three key factors behind dental implants’ staggering success.
Delaying or putting off a dental implant treatment isn’t good. When a tooth is gone or can’t be saved, you should undergo placement at once. The procedure is less likely to succeed otherwise.
You see, your jawbone will start to erode after you lose a tooth. (It relies on stimulus from teeth to maintain its bone tissue.) As such, putting off care results in a weak jaw with diminished bone density. That lack of bone, in turn, reduces support for implants and increases the odds of failure.
Given these facts, dentists always try to place implants soon after suggesting them.
Good Oral Health
Implants typically succeed in patients with good oral health. As for why that’s the case, it usually boils down to two facts.
First, severe dental issues upset the implant fusion process (i.e., osseointegration). Gum disease, for instance, erodes the bone around your prosthetic teeth. That effect prevents implants from becoming a stable part of your jawbone. With good oral hygiene, though, you can keep such oral problems at bay.
Secondly, a mouth-healthy diet provides your body with nutrients to build bones. Lean proteins, leafy greens, and dairy products all have minerals that strengthen the jawbone.
Advanced Dental Tools
Dental implants depend on precise placement to work. Therefore, many dentists rely on advanced dental tools to plan the surgery.
One such tool is cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), a form of 3D X-ray. It allows dentists to calculate your bones’ volume and density, ensuring well-planned placement before surgery. Better yet, this technology uses less radiation than standard CT scans and thus offers better resolution.
Technologies like the soft tissue laser can also help. By using it, a dentist can manage the gum tissue around your implant to achieve lifelike results.
As you can see, the reasons for dental implant success aren’t closely-guarded secrets. Therefore, learn those listed above to feel confident about future implant treatment.
About the Practice
Laith Family Dentistry is based in San Antonio, TX. As led by Dr. Kadamani, our practice offers top-quality dentistry personalized for each patient. To that end, we perform preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, as well as emergency dental services. You can thus rely on us for dental implants and any other tooth replacement needs! For more information or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (210)-782-0008.