By Mary E. Gregory, D.D.S. Family Dentistry
May 04, 2015
Tags: Dental Implants  
Dental ImplantsDr. Mary E. Gregory, your Arlington dentist, talks about dental implants, and what could potentially cause problems for the longevity of your new tooth.
 
It’s comforting to hear that since a dental implant is designed to be just about as strong and as durable as a natural tooth; therefore, your dental implant should last you a lifetime. However, there are some circumstances when this might not be true. Dr. Gregory shares the most common causes for why a dental implant might fail or become damaged, so you can prevent this from happening to you.
 
Smoking
 
Studies have found that smokers shouldn’t get dental implants, as they are significantly more likely to experience implant failure. Your Arlington dentist, Dr. Gregory, recommends that you quit before you even consider implants. We also recommend that you refrain from smoking even after your implant surgery, as smoking can do damage even to a healthy implant, as well as your overall health. If you want to keep your implant, stay away from tobacco.
 
Infection
 
We can’t stress enough the importance of oral care. Besides continuing to see us every six months for routine care, you should also be doing your part to keep your smile clean. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Treat your implant just like a natural tooth. Meticulous care will ensure that bacteria doesn’t set in and cause an infection known as peri-implantitis. This inflammation of the gums and bone surrounding the implant can cause the implant to fail.
 
Actual Implant Failure
 
Since the implant is usually made out of titanium, they are extremely durable; however, it is still possible for the implant to bend or break. However, technological advancements in the design of the implant make this less common, but it is still possible. A sudden impact or blow to the face could cause enough extreme pressure to damage the implant.
 
Talk to Dr. Gregory, your Arlington dentist, if you are worried about any of these situations. While they aren’t always common, these problems can be prevented, and implants boast an up to 98% success rate if cared for properly. Do your part to take care of your implants, and they will take care of you for the rest of your life. It can be that simple!

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