For the average dental implant patient, the long-term success of the implant procedure will depend on overall health and the continued conscientious maintenance of oral hygiene. Most implant dentistry procedures have exceptionally successful track records, and oral surgeons help to ensure patients are in the best state possible prior to the implant procedure to maximize potential for long-term success. Prior to the surgical implant, the surgeon will assess the patient’s jawbone depth or thickness, gum tissue health, and other factors that can interfere.
In order for a dental implant to successfully serve as the replacement root of a missing tooth, the jawbone must be thick enough to securely contact and surround the implant component. The implant component surgically inserted in the jawbone is composed of titanium or a titanium alloy and coated. The design allows the jawbone to bond or fuse with the implant over time in a process known as osseointegration. This forms a rigid root replacement that can provide greater stability than a natural tooth. In some cases, bone grafts can increase the jawbone where needed.
If the gum tissue is receding, from aggressive brushing habits, smoking, chewing tobacco use, or other oral health conditions, the dental implant may be exposed and left vulnerable. Tissue grafts are sometimes used to improve the gum tissue where the dental implant will be placed. Brushing, flossing, and the use of an oral rinse can help keep the gum tissue healthy and reduce recession or loss. It can also prevent inflammation, gingivitis, infection, or abscess by reducing the presence of bacteria and food particles that can aggravate oral health conditions.
A healthy diet, plenty of water, and regular exercise will improve overall general health which has a profound effect on oral health. Older patients may require supplements to reduce effects of bone loss or to optimize health by supplementing a good diet and exercise routine. Discussing lifestyle habits and behaviors, as well as potential concerns, with the oral surgeon prior to the implant dentistry procedure can boost confidence and alleviate stress, also contributing to greater success rates. For more information or to ask questions regarding implant dentistry and related procedures, contact our caring oral surgery team at 702-367-6666 today!