Cosmetic dental implants are well worth the money and healing time if they are taken care of so they last. Cosmetic dental implants are a significant investment that you want to protect. Research shows that dental implants have a success rate between 95-98% and can last a lifetime when certain precautions are taken before and after the dental implant placement. At New Image Dental Implant Center, we want to do everything we can to prevent cosmetic dental implant failure. By following the general steps below, you can increase the likelihood of success for your implants.
What to talk about with your doctor before a dental implant procedure:
1. Visit with your dental implant dentist so he can assess what options you have available.
2. Adequate bone density is necessary for implant success and this needs to be addressed before placement (bone grafts and mini implants are sometimes an option).
3. If you have a tendency to grind your teeth at night or during the day, this can decrease the dental implant success rate. Talk to your dentist about this.
4. Your overall oral health is also important. If you know you are one that doesn’t do well with hygiene, then you need to discuss this as well.
5. Poor overall health can slow or prevent cosmetic dental implant healing (Smoking, alcohol, and diabetes have been shown to decrease success).
What to do after a dental implant procedure:
1. Carefully follow your dentist’s directions during your healing period.
2. Contact your doctor immediately if significant pain or swelling occurs.
3. Don’t neglect the rest of your body. Eat healthy and get good rest. This will help in the healing process.
4. Don’t chew on hard nuts or any hard foods that could damage the implant while healing.
5. Consistently brush and floss teeth twice daily and get a biannual dental cleaning.
The most crucial step in protecting your new teeth is to maintain excellent oral hygiene so all your teeth and implants have the best chance to stay where they are. Maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine will help to prevent periodontitis, which is bad for all your teeth and especially implants. To learn more about this process, don’t hesitate to contact your Denver oral surgeon.