Dental Implant Failure and Treatment
In order to understand dental implant failure or success, you must know what a dental implant entails.
This is an artificial tooth root that is used to resemble one tooth or a group of teeth used in different types of dentistry.
This would include implant-supported bridges and crowns as well as dentures.
Advances in Dentistry Support Dental ImplantsToday with the many advances that have been made in dentistry the dental implants used are more natural and have more similarities of an actual tooth root.
They are placed within the bone and function the same as the original tooth. The implant is typically a titanium screw which resembles a tooth root.
Another grade 5 has recently gained some popularity in use for dental implants. This is Titanium 6AL-4V, meaning the titanium alloy has 6% aluminum and 4% Vanadium alloy. This grade has similar osseointegration as that of pure titanium.
Osseointegration is the attachment of the osseous tissue or bony tissue to the implant.
Dental Implant Failure is Rare
There are however, some issues that have occurred in those receiving dental implants that need to be addressed. The implants are not affected by cavities but can develop peri-implantitis.
The healing time of the implant can be delayed because of lack of blood circulation to the mucous membranes around the implant.
The implants can be affected more so when they are healing but this is a problem throughout the whole life of the implant.
Because natural teeth have a periodontal ligament that functions as a shock absorber allowing teeth to move when horizontal and vertical force is applied, they are not affected as much by the clenching and grinding of the teeth.
One way of reducing the affects of bruxism is to use a mouth guard which has been custom made for this.
Healing TimeAn implant needs time to heal before the restoration is placed. This time period can vary from 2 to 6 months and this is an important step in dental implants.
A period of healing that is not long enough can result in dental implant failure which necessitates placing a new implant.
Dental implants typically have a success rate of approximately 95%.
Of course, as with most surgeries, general health and post-surgical care also contribute to the success rates.
Dental implant failure is not usually a problem if all the precautions are taken and after-care is provided.
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