Risks For Dental Implants
Taking good care of your dental implants is vitally important for their long-term viability and your own dental health. Whilst dental implant treatments can end up lasting a lifetime, poor dental hygiene practices and other lifestyle factors can often shorten the time they are effective for. We’ve identified some of the risks involved with Dental Implant services for our patients below.
Looking after your teeth is incredibly important but sometimes problems can arise without your knowledge - or do not appear to be problems at all. Regular dental appointments can help prevent problems from developing or becoming worse - and so avoid seriously affecting your dental implants.
Ideally, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year; however, if you are prone to dental problems or at high risk it may be recommended to visit every few months - particularly if you smoke, or suffer from diabetes. High stress can also be a causative factor for dental health problems, and overall dental health can be one of the main risk factors for dental implant patients - both during initial consultations and after the surgery is complete.
Consistent dental checkups can reduce the chances of dental health problems, as well as promoting good hygiene practices, and advice from your dentist on how best to continue to care for you dental implants can be invaluable.
Like any surgery, the dental implant process can pose some health risks to patients, although with a 95% success rate, these are very uncommon. Problems are rare and when they do occur, they're usually minor and easily treated. Risks include:
- Infection at the implant site
- Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
- Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities
These risks can be easily mitigated by good dental hygiene, and through quick identification of potential issues during the consultation stage. The New Tooth Company offers sinus lifts and other, similar treatments specifically designed to mitigate or to entirely avoid these risks.
Another risk to your dental implants can be gum disease, particularly when your implants are still healing, and gum disease can even affect the jaw bone holding your implants in place. Good dental hygiene habits are vitally important to avoid gum disease, and smokers are particularly in danger of developing it. If an infection is allowed to take hold around an implant inserted in the gum, the jaw bone around the implant can also become affected and begin to waste away. Over time, this can reduce support for the implant, and result in the loss of your implants as well as other dental problems.
Implants are no different from natural teeth and roots. They must be kept clean and maintained regularly. Maintaining good dental health, and avoiding habits that may damage your teeth are all important methods of avoiding any risks to your new dental implants. If in doubt, or for more information, contact your dentist!