Here’s how you can do your part to get the best chances of dental implant success.
There’s no good reason to wait on dental implants. Once you know that you will not be able to save a tooth, or if it’s already lost, it’s best to act as soon as possible. That’s because your body begins removing bone from the jaw, vital bone that is needed to support your implants. The faster you get your implants, the more likely they are to have the bone they need to succeed.
But it’s not just time that influences your bone level. Your health also makes a big impact on your bone levels and density. Take care of your teeth and gums, keeping them clean and reducing your risk of gum disease, which can attack bone and dental implants alike. Make sure you’re getting adequate nutrition that includes the minerals your body needs to build and maintain bone, and sometimes herbal treatments like probiotics can make a difference, too.
When you’re choosing dentists, talk to them about the technology they use for your dental implants. Studies haven’t shown a clear benefit to a particular brand or style of dental implant, so your dentist should use what they feel comfortable with and have had good success with in the past.
But you should make sure that your implant dentist is using a CT scanner to help with planning your dental implant procedure. This allows dentists to evaluate your bone and plan the precise placement of your dental implants, an invaluable tool.
And when you’re choosing a dentist, be very picky about their level of expertise and experience. Studies have consistently shown that one of the biggest factors in the success rate of dental implants is the dentist who places them. Talk to your dentist about how many implants they have placed and what specific training they have related to dental implants.
This is where you will make the biggest difference. Before you get your dental implants, make sure you understand that there is a level of commitment required to ensure their continued success. You have to be prepared to follow all your dentist’s postoperative instructions, and perform thorough at-home oral hygiene. You should be prepared to quit smoking. You may have to make more visits to the dentist.