How Your Choice of Dentist Affects Your Dental Implants — Years Later

Jun 03, 2015, by Dr. Becky Coats
Dental implants are a restoration designed to last for life. They will likely last you for decades, but what happens in those decades can be affected by the decision you make right now: your choice of implant dentist. Here’s how your choice of dentist will impact your dental implants for years to come.

Dental Implant Planning

How and where dental implants are going will make perhaps the biggest difference in the survival of your dental implants. Talk to potential implant dentists about how they determine where the dental implant will go, including how they will assess the state of bone at the site where the implant or implants will go. You should talk to them about the choice of how many implants will be required and whether more implants might be better.

Another important consideration is the evaluation of your bite. One of the leading causes of bone loss — both immediately after the implant is placed and in the coming years– is excessive bite force. You should talk to a potential implant dentist about how they assess your bite and make sure that dental implants aren’t being given too much of a burden.

Dental Implant Placement

Of course, not all things always go as planned. It’s important to talk to your implant dentist about how they ensure that the dental implant will go where the planning says it should. Ask about surgical guides and operative techniques.

Also ask a potential implant dentist about experience. In matters of technique, it’s often experience that is the best teacher, both of what to do and what not to do. Experience is a crucial factor in ensuring your dental implants will last.

Dental Implant Care

Along with excessive loading, peri-implantitis is one of the leading causes of bone loss around dental implants. Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease that affects dental implants. You want to consider working with a dentist who is willing to place the dental implant and is prepared to provide you with top-flight ongoing care for your dental implants and your oral health in general.

If you are looking for dental implants in the Dallas or Grapevine area, please Grapevine Dental Care today at (817) 481-6888 for an appointment to discuss what makes us the best dental practice for you.