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5 Issues That Can Prevent You Getting Dental Implants

December 11, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — beverlyfarms @ 3:09 am

Man with a missing lower toothIf you have lost a tooth or two, you can enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth with dental implants. They are unlike any other treatment because the entire tooth structure is replicated, even the root. With over a 95% success rate and a lifespan of 30 years or more, they are a great investment. Most people with good oral and general health can benefit from them, but 5 issues can stop you from getting dental implants.

1. Gum Disease

Cavities aren’t the only cause of tooth loss. Gum disease is also a culprit of missing teeth. Although it’s preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have the infection, which means it’s not uncommon for patients interested in dental implants. The infection will need to be treated before you can undergo your placement surgery.

2. Bone Loss

You can lose up to 25% of your jawbone’s density within the first year of missing a tooth. With no root stimulating the bone, it will shrink slowly over time. You must have adequate bone dentistry to support a dental implant. Bone grafting can strengthen your jaw to give your dental implants the support they need.

3. Poor Oral Hygiene

The long-term success of dental implants relies on good oral hygiene. A leading cause of failure is a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. Thankfully, it’s never too late to commit to better oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and using a daily mouthwash will ensure your investment thrives for decades.

4. Untreated Bruxism

Dental implants aren’t recommended for people who grind or clench their teeth. The friction and pressure can cause the implant to loosen over time. Don’t worry, your dentist can give you a nightguard, which will create a cushion between your upper and lower teeth to absorb the pressure.

5. Skipping Cleanings and Checkups

Besides brushing and flossing, the American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. If you skip your semi-annual appointments, dental implants may not be right for you. Routine dental care is essential for removing any buildup that can lead to implant failure. It also allows your dentist to monitor your oral health to detect the slightest concern early, like gum inflammation, to ensure your new smile lasts for a lifetime. 

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you’re ready to treat your tooth loss permanently, dental implants may be the solution for you. You will need a consultation with an implant dentist, who will examine your mouth and learn more about your medical history. They’ll create a personalized strategy to replace your missing teeth. If you require a little prep work, like gum disease treatment, it’s time well-spent to enjoy a nearly perfect replica of your natural smile. 

About Dr. Robert Blake

Dr. Blake earned his dental degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and has completed advanced continuing education in many specialties, including dental implants. He can handle the most challenging restorative cases. Contact our office today to request a consultation for dental implants.

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