If you have damaged or missing teeth, there are a variety of options available to restore your smile, including dental implants. Although these offer a more permanent solution than dentures, they can fail over time. Before contacting your dentist, learn more about how to avoid these problems.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Implants are used to replace missing or damaged teeth with artificial ones that look and function like your original set. The dental surgeon starts by performing tooth extractions on any damaged teeth and preparing the jawbone, which can include grafting living oral tissue to the area.
The surgeon then inserts metal posts that have a screw-like appearance into the jaw and waits for the posts to fuse with the bone. After healing occurs over several months, an abutment is attached to the metal posts, and the artificial teeth are put in a couple of weeks later.
This procedure is ideally suited for anyone who's missing one or more teeth, has a jawbone that's fully grown, and has healthy bones and oral tissues.
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
One of the most common complications is the development of gum disease, as this weakens the structural security of your dental implants. The best way to prevent this is by performing a regular oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, as well as avoiding cigarettes or using chewing tobacco.
Sometimes, too much pressure on the implants can cause them to fail, so avoid grinding or clenching your teeth whenever possible. You should also discuss any medications that you're taking with your dentist because certain combinations increase the likelihood of failure.
Finally, inflammation known as peri-implantitis can also lead to failure. This occurs when there's insufficient bone or the bone has continued to degenerate after the procedure. You can typically avoid this complication by working with a licensed dentist who can perform a successful graft before attaching the implants.
If you’re planning on getting dental implants, contact the experts at All Smiles Harrisonburg in Virginia. Their highly trained team of oral surgeons helps transform local residents’ smiles and provides them with the best dental care possible. They’ll work with you to decide if you’re a viable candidate and will be with you every step of the way until you once again have a smile you love. Call (540) 432-1300 to schedule a consultation, or learn more about their services online.