Things To Consider When Considering Dental Implants

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

For many reasons, Dental Implants are becoming the preferred tooth replacement option for today’s adults. Even though Dental Implants have the highest success rate of any in-bone implant in the body (including hip and knee implants), removal is occasionally necessary.

While it’s tempting to want to get the ‘best deal’ for implants, certain issues should be taken into consideration before selecting who will coordinate your treatment.

• One of the first decisions made by the Doctor is the type of implant that is best suited for you. This depends on the amount of bone you have available, the number of teeth each implant will support, and position of a lower jaw nerve and your sinuses. Without knowing precisely which implant type is best for these combined factors, the implants may require removal due to future problems.

• When a Doctor is only familiar with one or two implant systems, that’s the one he or she will likely recommend whether or not it is the best one to accomplish your goals and fit your specific needs. When an implant is placed that cannot adequately perform the role intended, failure down the road is not uncommon.

• The placement process can ‘make or break’ many implant cases. If an implant is placed at an incorrect angle, too shallow or too deep, it can create many problems, making removal eventually necessary.

• An implant can only be placed in a mouth that is healthy. If implants are placed where periodontal (gum) disease exists, the bacteria can lead to implant failure. It is vital that the Doctor ensure your mouth is healthy before placement occurs.

However, one of the most typical causes of implant failure does not occur from what happens inside the dental office. It is from lack of proper oral hygiene at home. It is absolutely necessary the patient is dedicated to home care that maintains a healthy mouth so bacteria does not compromise your implants. If you have implants, be especially committed to your periodic exams and cleanings. Also, follow the home care instructions of your hygienist to keep your mouth healthy between visits.

By selecting a dental practice wisely (rather than based on a cheap price) and maintaining a healthy mouth once your implants are placed, you’ll enjoy a lifetime of smiles, laughter and eating foods you love! To discuss Dental Implants, call (828) 274-9440.

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