One of the more successful restorative procedures performed in the dental industry today is dental implants. We have found that success rates oftentimes vary with patients at both of our facilities, depending on whether the implants are placed in the lower or upper jaw. Island Dental Associates and Shine Dental Associates patients have experienced up to a 98% success rate with lower jaw implants while upper jaw rates are slightly lower. The primary reason for the difference is based on bone density which is much greater in the lower jaw.
However, there are some additional facts and statistics that you might want to consider if you are trying to decide between dental implants and other types of dental prosthetics such as bridges or dentures. For instance, the success rate is typically determined by several factors including the following:
- Inflammation or infection – if the bone or gum tissue becomes inflamed or infected, this can hinder the success of the procedure
- Poor oral hygiene habits – peri-implantitis is a condition that can develop around a person’s dental implants if they do not practice proper oral hygiene (it is similar to gum or periodontal disease that infects the areas around your natural teeth)
- Position of the implant – occasionally, the osseointegration process or the process wherein implanted materials integrate with bone matter (the jawbone in this case) fails because the placement of the implant is not in an ideal position
- Possibility of breakage – sometimes, a person’s implants can break or fracture
- Smoking – this decreases the amount of blood flow and the efficacy of the body’s immune system, thereby hindering the healing process
In addition to the above, there is other important information regarding dental implants that you should be aware of if you have been considering this restorative dental procedure. Most importantly, cavities NEVER develop in dental implants as replacement teeth cannot decay. However, you still need to brush and floss like you have been doing with your natural teeth.
It has been proven repeatedly that the only restorative option that truly preserves existing bone mass by stimulating the growth of natural bone. Additionally, dental implants help prevent further bone loss of the lower and upper jaws. If you are considering getting dental implants and have additional questions regarding the procedure or would like additional information about it, we urge you to speak with a staff member at one of our facilities.
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