Studies have shown the 10 year success rate of dental implants is more than 95%, and many people have now had trouble-free dental implants for decades. So why are they so successful, and why should you consider them for tooth replacement?
A dental implant consists of several different parts. The implant is a small post made from titanium and which is shaped like a screw. It’s inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that only creates minimal discomfort. Titanium is a unique metal, as living bone is able to grow on its surface, enabling the process of Osseo integration to take place. This is where the bone grows on and around the implant so it is firmly held in the jawbone, providing long-lasting support for the crown, and bridge or denture. Once the implant post is fully integrated with the jaw then the next part of the implant is attached to the post. This is called an abutment and sticks up just above the gum line, supporting the replacement tooth. It’s easiest to think of the abutment as being a type of connector.
Are Dental Implants for you?
Much of the success of dental implants lies in careful planning. If you do decide to opt for dental implants in Rothwell you’ll find they take an enormous amount of care over this stage. It is essential for our dental team to know about your complete medical history, including any prescription or non-prescription medications you might be taking. Specialised scans including x-rays and a CT scan reveal important details about your jawbone. These include the location of nerves and blood vessels and sinus cavities, and the general condition of your jawbone. This information enables your dentist in Rothwell to decide exactly where to place the implant for maximum success.
Most people will find their implant heals without any problems, but some people are at greater risk for implant failure. This is particularly relevant if you are currently a smoker, or if you have any other conditions such as osteoporosis, or if you have a compromised immune system, for example through having diabetes. If the implant fails at a later date it can be due to the implant becoming stressed. This can occur if the gum tissues and bone around the implant become inflamed and infected, or if too much biting force is used on the implant.
If you are in the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth then your Rothwell dentist will recommend you wear a night guard to protect your natural teeth and your dental implant. Teeth grinding or bruxism can increase the risk of implant failure through bone loss around the implant, or it could mean the implant crown will crack. It is far less likely that bruxism will break the implant post as it is made from an extremely strong metal.
Regular check-ups and maintenance of your dental implants at Trinity Dental will greatly improve the chances of your dental implant being completely successful. Most people will find they are an excellent way to replace teeth, and will be completely happy with this choice of tooth replacement.