Most of our patients here at our South Florida dental implant practice would often express their desire about having the most natural looking teeth as possible when asking us about the best tooth replacement options available. For these patients, we primarily recommend dental implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, we suggest that you take the time to understand the critical factors that ensure implant success. Learn more about it below!
State of Your Overall Health
This aspect encompasses sub-factors such as compromised immune system, smoking habits, bruxism, diabetes, osteoporosis, certain drugs, and history of radiation treatment.
This 2011 study reviewed 43 scientific papers published in Medline, PubMed, and Cochrane Databases of Systematic Reviews to find out relevant literature and evidence-based research studying the factors that ensure success of dental implant placement. Here’s a summary of the conclusion:
“consistent evidence exists to show an increased failure rate with smokers, a history of radiotherapy and local bone quality and quantity. Weaker evidence exists to show a higher incidence of peri-implant disease in patients with a history of periodontitis-related tooth loss. Lack of evidence precludes definitive guidelines for patients with autoimmune disorders where expert opinion recommends caution. Osteoporotic patients show acceptable survival rates; however patients on oral bisphosphonates show a small incidence but high morbidity from osteonecrosis of the jaw. Emerging evidence suggests that there is a correlation between genetic traits and disruption of osseointegration.”
The Status of Your Jawbone
If you’re considering dental implants, it is important to understand how osseointegration works. By and large, osseointegration refers to the process of fusion between your jawbone and dental implant. In normal circumstances, bone cells which make up your jaw will reject foreign materials — except for titanium in dental implants. However, your dental implant surgeon needs to carefully assess beforehand if you have sufficient jawbone quality and quantity. If you have lost a significant amount of bone, your implant surgeon will assess whether or not you can benefit from a bone graft.
Maintenance Issues Following Placement
Although dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime, ongoing professional care like your biological teeth is also needed following placement. Without consistent dental visits, your implants may be susceptible to breakdown.
If you are considering getting a dental implant treatment, our office in Palm Beach, Florida is one of the world’s leading establishments dedicated to dental excellence. Call 561-627-9000 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with us! We look forward to your visit!