Will Your Dental Implant Succeed?

Oct 01, 2014, by Dr. Becky Coats

The good news is that, overall, the odds are the answer to that question is “Yes”! After all, somewhere in the range of 95% of dental implants are successful. However, there are many factors that contribute to the success or failure of your dental implant, and it’s important to be aware of them before you start.

How You Can Improve Your Odds of Success

Dental Implant SuccessThere are many things that we can do to help our dental implants be more likely to succeed. Here are a few of the things that you can do to help make sure your dental implant is successful.

  • Choose the Right Dentist: Your implant dentist’s experience may be the single biggest contributor to dental implant success.
  • Good Oral Hygiene: Just like your natural teeth, your dental implants can be affected by bacteria, so you have to take care of them.
  • Visit Your Dentist: Visiting your dentist is an essential part of protecting your teeth and your implants from bacteria. It also allows us to spot problems and fix them before they become serious.
  • Stop Smoking: Smoking increases your risk of gum disease and impairs bone healing, increasing your risk of failure. We don’t yet know about e-cigarettes, but there is some evidence that it’s nicotine itself that causes failure, so they may not be better.
  • Good Nutrition: To succeed, your dental implant has to be incorporated into your bones. In order for that to happen, your body needs access to vital nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and protein. Make sure you’re getting enough.

If you do all of these things, you give yourself a great chance to have successful dental implants.

What We Will Do to Ensure Success

Dental implant success is a team effort, and if you do your part, we will certainly do ours. Here’s how we will work to ensure the success of your dental implants.

  • Proper Planning: We use CT scans and other imaging techniques to make sure we are properly planning for your case. This includes using 3D printed guides that will ensure your dental implant is placed exactly where it belongs.
  • Treat Bruxism: Clenching of your teeth doesn’t just damage your teeth and lead to TMJ, it can jeopardize your dental implants. We’ll make sure a bad bite doesn’t jeopardize your implant.
  • Proper Procedure: There are lots of subtle things your implant dentist can do or not do to give your implant the best chance of success. We carefully follow best practices to ensure you get the best possible outcome.

Together, we will work to get you great results with your dental implants. To learn more about what contributes to the success of your dental implants, please call (817) 481-6888 for an appointment with a Grapevine implant dentist at Grapevine Dental Care today.