Improving the chances of a succesful dental implant

Factors that affect your chances with implants

With more and more people turning to dental implants as a means to replace a tooth that they have lost, more information is becoming available on how to make sure that you get the best from them.

The most important period of time for dental implants are the two or three months either side of them being placed. This is a critical time for the implants and for the procedure to be a success there are a few things which the patient needs to do to ensure that they  have the best possible chance to do well.

Once a dental implant has been placed, it will naturally be sensitive and care needs to be taken by the patient not to do anything to aggravate the implant. The most obvious way to ensure that it is not disturbed too much is by ensuring that only softer foods are eaten. Eating harder foods could result in damage to the implant and cause it to fail.

One of the biggest thing that a patient can do to significantly improve the chances of a successful dental implant procedure is to stop smoking. Whilst this is obviously beneficial to the patient's general health, it is especially important for dental implants as smoking restricts the flow of blood around the surgery area. This in turn means that the healing time is lengthened significantly and also increases the chances of infection which may well lead to rejection of the implant.

In fact, in general, cosmetic dentists will not perform this procedure unless the patient agrees to stop smoking at least for a period of a few months either side of the procedure. Provided that this is done, the success rate is increased dramatically.

Excessive drinking is another factor which has similar effects as drinking and whilst the odd beer or two probably won't hurt, too much alcohol will increase the risk of infections once again and may result in implant failure.

Although these may appear to be inconveniences to some, the short period of time that this level of care needs to be taken is worth it for the longevity of a healthy dental implant. On average, a healthy dental implant should be expected to last for at least twenty years and many have been known to last for more, some even over thirty years; so for a short period of inconvenience, the patient can have an excellent replacement for their lost natural tooth.