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By The Dental Spa
July 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental ImplantsFind out if dental implants are the right treatment option for your tooth loss.

Getting a dental implant can be such a wonderful and worthwhile investment for someone who is dealing with tooth loss. Even though nothing can truly replace your natural teeth a dental implant is certainly a close second. Before you get dental implants from your Woodbridge, VA dentist you may be wondering if they are right for you. Are dental implants always effective? Could my body reject the implant? If you’ve asked these questions before then it’s time you found out the answer.

Success Rates and Failures

The good news is if you properly care for your dental implants the success rate for this procedure is as high as 98 percent. Sometimes issues can still arise, but they are usually easily treatable and don’t affect the overall efficacy of the dental implant procedure. Unfortunately, there are some issues that can cause your mouth to reject the implant:

Osseointegration failed

What makes a dental implant so successful is that the tissue and bone surrounding the implant are able to fuse with the titanium. As they form around the implant, it keeps the implant permanently in place within the jawbone to act just like a tooth root. This process can take several months, and if the implant falls out or becomes loose then it’s often due to a fusion failure between the implant and the jawbone. If a jawbone doesn’t have the proper density or volume, this could cause osseointegration to fail.

Infection set in

If bacteria get into the gums and jawbone during surgery or you don’t properly care and clean your smile after your procedure then you could develop an infection known as peri-implantitis. This infection is a form of gum disease that causes inflammation of both the gums and jawbone. Peri-implantitis is a serious condition that could easily cause implant failure. This is particularly common in smokers who get dental implants.

Nerve and tissue damage

This is a very rare cause of dental implant failure, but sometimes the tissue or nerve near the implant becomes damaged during surgery. This nerve damage may only be temporary, but if it’s permanent your Woodbridge, VA dentist may need to remove the implant.

The only way to truly know whether your smile is right for dental implants is to schedule an appointment with your Woodbridge, VA dentist. Call The Dental Spa today to learn more.


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