A dental implant is a dental prosthesis that replaces a missing tooth. A dental implant can treat tooth loss as a single tooth replacement or full mouth dental implant treatment. It is an expensive investment, and when it fails, it can be devastating. With all the money and time you have invested in the implant surgical procedure, you would like to have better outcomes and long-lasting results.
Unfortunately, dental implant failure might occur due to various factors. Disagreements with physicians are one of the most severe issues with implant surgery. Though there is much innovative technology in the market, many physicians conduct dental implant surgery utilizing obsolete techniques. Worst of all, patients can barely tell the difference between seasoned and amateur implant surgeons.
What are the most common causes of dental implant failure, and how to prevent them?
1. Smoking aids dental implant failures
If you are considering dental implants, you should first stop smoking. This has little to do with the implant specialist and more with your self-care after surgery. If you wish to have long-lasting dental implants with low probability of dental implant failures, you must take the six-month recovery time seriously. This includes many lifestyle changes like consuming soft foods, maintaining proper oral hygiene (to avoid infection), and, most notably, refraining from using tobacco.
Tobacco usage, whether smoking or chewing, is the leading cause of implant failure. Quitting smoking is a challenging process, which is why we advise patients to quit smoking long before their implant surgery. This raises the likelihood that they will remain smoke-free after the procedure.
2. Eating Habits matter for dental implant failures
If you have dental implants, make sure you have plenty of mashed potatoes, soup, and ice cream. During the recovery time, you would need to consume only soft foods. Implants fail if you try to consume more hard foods during healing. Since the implant is healing and connecting with the jaw bone, it cannot withstand the strain of consuming chewy or hard foods.
Hold off on the steak dinner until you have received clearance from the dental specialist. A couple of months of consuming a liquid/soft food diet will enable you to consume whatever you want for the rest of your life.
3. Implant Material is key to dental implant failures
Material plays a crucial role in the longevity of dental implants. So, you have to prefer high-quality materials for the long term. Unfortunately, thousands of “discounted implants” are available in the market are constructed of inexpensive, breakable materials such as plastic. If you have a dental implant made of inferior products, it will gradually deteriorate. You can prevent this from happening by discussing with your doctor the substance used in the implants.
Advanced Dental Implant and TMJ Center use Straumann implants, which is a premium brand for dental implants. Straumann implants are made of titanium metal and hence, have the highest biocompatibility. As a result, we have a high success rate in dental implants and zero dental implant failure cases.
Inflammation of soft tissues and hard tissues (gum disease and bone loss) surrounding dental implants are known as peri-implant diseases. Improper oral hygiene leads to food accumulation and facilitates the propagation of harmful bacteria. Bacteria may accumulate on the implant’s surface, below the gum line, in the same way as they do on natural teeth.
Bacteria irritate the gum tissue over time, allowing it to become inflamed, weakening the tissue, and, if not detected early, causing the bone structure under the implant to deteriorate. This can be prevented by adhering to a meticulous oral hygiene regimen.
4. Improper Expertise and Improper Planning
Dental implant surgery is highly technique sensitive and needs meticulous planning. A well-planned dental implant procedure has a higher probability of succeeding than an under planned surgery. Hence, you must seek an implant dentist with adequate experience to place your dental implants.
Get Teeth Replacement With No Fear Of Dental Implant Failure!
Dr. Pradeep Adatrow has about two decades of experience in providing personalized dental care and placing dental implants in Tennessee and Mississippi regions with a success rate of 97%.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Adatrow. He can address all your concerns and provide you with the no chance of dental implant failure.