Dental implants are in a class of their own when it comes to replacing missing teeth, with an incredible success rate of over 95%! These tiny titanium posts have changed the lives and smiles of many for the better—but how do they do it? Keep reading to learn more about four factors that contribute to the success of dental implants.
1. Getting Them Quickly
One of the biggest problems with missing teeth is that it can easily lead to additional missing teeth! That said, having them replaced quickly is the best chance to ensure that the rest of your pearly whites remain in place. But it can also affect your ability to receive implants if you wait too long! When you lose teeth, the bone density in the affected area starts decreasing—and dental implants need a healthy amount of bone to fuse with. This means that the longer you wait, the lower your dental implant success rate becomes!
2. Excellent Patient Health
Before you can receive dental implants, your dentist needs to evaluate your overall health and the status of your mouth to determine if you’re a suitable candidate. Those with oral health issues like gum disease will need to receive treatment before implants are an option. The success of your implants depends on their ability to healthily fuse with your jawbone and preventing gum disease and maintaining a healthy mouth play a large part in this.
3. Receiving Care from An Expert
Although dental implant surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure, it’s still important to receive treatment from a qualified expert. Some dentists have been specifically trained to place dental implants, but others will have to refer you to an implant specialist. If possible, you can also view before-and-after photos of patients who’ve received dental implants. Dentists will also typically have their training listed on their websites.
4. Committing to Treatment
Once you get dental implants, you aren’t excused from practicing good oral hygiene! Implants are durable, but they aren’t invincible—the following can ensure that they stick around for the long run:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Regularly visiting your dentist for biannual checkups and cleanings.
- Avoid poor oral habits like smoking, using your teeth as tools, and biting into hard objects.
If you’re curious about dental implants, talk to your dentist to see if they’re a viable option for you. These four reasons make the case for them being an effective and impressive method for replacing missing teeth and achieving a happier and healthier smile.
About the Author
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury has proudly served patients and families in the Tyler, TX area for several years—and he has over four decades of experience in dentistry! Dr. Stansbury received his dental doctorate from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association! His practice is pleased to offer many available services including dental implants. If you have any questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a visit, feel free to reach out online or by phone: (903) 561-1122.