Four Keys To Longevity of Your Dental Implant

Dentist Office in Raytown and Pleasant Hill, Missouri

 

More people are missing teeth than most of us realize. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOS):

Over 69 percent of people between the ages of 35 to 44 have at least one permanent tooth which has been lost. These teeth are lost due to accidents, decay, periodontal disease and infections. Over a quarter of all people over the age of 75 have no permanent teeth remaining.  So if you are missing one or more teeth, you should consider a dental implant.

Dental implants boast a 95% success rate and 50 years of clinical research, and thus provide an unmatched solution in addressing tooth loss. Irrepsective of whether a single or multiple teeth need to be replaced, dental implants are most often the treatment of choice.

You should consider four essential steps that when implemented will result in the best possible outcome for your dental implant treatment.

Delays can be very problematic:  Following tooth loss, the surrounding jaw bone will slowly start to slightly deteriorate.  Thus, the sooner an implant can be placed into the area of an extracted tooth, the longevity of the implant will likely increase to due to the increased amount of surrounding bone. Today, we place a lot implants at the same appointment the tooth is removed, as long as any residual infection is able to be removed.        

Exemplary oral hygiene is imperative:  One of the great attributes of dental implants is their ability to resist decay-well because they are metal.  However, implants can fall victim to gum disease leading to a condition called peri-implantitis, or infection of the implant.  As a consequence, it is absolutely essential that patients with dental implants brush and floss twice a day.  Additionally, regular dental visits are even more important for dental implants than they are for natural teeth.

Treat your body like a temple: Patients who do not smoke, or abuse alcohol and/or drugs increase the likelihood their dental implants will last as long as possible.  Additionally, maintenance of sound overall health, including exercise and a healthy diet, is ideal.

Choose the right dentist: Only a few dentists in the area are as well trained as Dr. Robert M. Davis in both the placement and restoration of dental implants.  We pride ourselves in our one-stop shop for the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants.

Contact our office today to schedule your dental implant consultation, and you could be on your way to better living.