Dental implants have become the tooth replacement option of choice, and one reason for that is their remarkable success rate. Implants like those from Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ have a success rate in the range of ninety to ninety-five percent.
But like everything else in life, dental implants are never 100% guaranteed. We’re using this post to describe some of the things that can adversely affect a dental implant.
Dental implants, remember, are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw, where they fuse with the bone. Once that happens they are a solid foundation for one or more remarkably life-like artificial teeth.
The factors that play into implant failure include:
- Gum disease. While healthy gums are a requirement for getting an implant, an untreated and undetected infection around the implant site can lead to failure.
- Tobacco. Smokers are not automatically eliminated for implant consideration. But smokers have a higher implant failure rate than do non-smokers: up to twenty percent. That’s because smoking restricts the flow of blood to the gums, which slows the healing process.
- Not enough bone mass. Implant success depends in large part on having enough healthy bone. Losing bone mass is an unfortunate consequence of tooth loss, but it can be improved with bone grafting.
At Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ we examine all patients for signs that could affect implant success. Give us a call to find out whether dental implants are the right choice for you. Patients come to us from Peoria, Surprise, and Sun City West for implant dentures, and love our all-inclusive pricing, lifetime warranty, free second opinions, and in-office discount plan. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!