When patients do research into dental implant supported tooth replacement, one of the things they’re interested in is the success rate. However, they’re often frustrated to find conflicting numbers. Some sites say implants are successful 98% of the time and others say 80%, 75%, or lower. Don’t get frustrated. Read this post and get informed about the variables that increase or decrease success for dental implant supported tooth replacement. Then, talk to your dentist about how to increase your chances for successful implantation before beginning your implant supported tooth replacement plan.
Factors that Impact Successful Implantation
There are a number of factors that can increase your risk for implant failure. Some of the most impactful variables include:
- Your age
- Your oral and overall health
- The number and placement of missing teeth
- The amount of time that’s passed since tooth loss
- The material used to craft the dental implant post
- Gum tissue volume and jawbone density
- Negative past experience with surgical procedures
- Certain medications that inhibit the body’s ability to heal
What You can do to Improve Chances for Implant Success
The first step to ensuring the success of your dental implant supported tooth replacement plan is to take the time necessary to discuss every step of the process with your dentist and team to ensure you are prepared to receive implant placement and restoration treatments. Once your restoration is complete, you’ll need to care for your smile properly. Brush at least twice a day and floss daily. If you have a larger prosthetic like a bridge, partial, or denture, you may also need to use a specialized flossing tool like an air or water flosser to remove plaque and debris that can get stuck between the restorations and the gum line. In some cases, we also recommend using a prescription antimicrobial mouth rinse to reduce the numbers of plaque-producing oral bacteria.
Meet the Canyon Creek Family Dentistry Team
The Canyon Creek Family Dentistry team in Richardson is dedicated to offering quality, personalized dental care plans to help patients smile with confidence. From the most basic preventive dentistry services to advanced dental implant supported tooth replacement, our team is here to help you get a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll be proud to share. If you want to learn more about dental implants, call to schedule your tooth replacement consultation appointment. We’ll review your current health, past surgical experience, and other factors that can impact the success of your dental implant tooth replacement plan. Then, we’ll partner with you to create the healthy, flawless smile you deserve.