What Factors Contribute to the Long-Term Success of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have been a highly recommended solution for patients who are missing teeth. This is because they offer many benefits, especially when compared to alternatives such as dental bridges and dentures. Drs. James Massa, Daniel Cocris, and Stacey Vlachos of Naples, FL are pleased to provide dental implants for individuals who visit the Massa Dental Center.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants act as a tooth root replacement. The metal post is extremely small, and is placed during oral surgery into the jawbone where a tooth has been lost or extracted. The bone then wraps around the implant through a process known as osseointegration. This solidifies the implant into the bone so they become one. Once osseointegration has occurred, the implant is restored over the top with either a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full denture. The restoration depends on the final results patients need to achieve to repair their smile.

How long do dental implants last?

The primary benefit of placing dental implants is their longevity. With proper care, patients can expect their implants to last a lifetime. Sometimes, the restoration over the dental implant may need to be replaced, but the titanium post itself can stay rooted in the jawbone as long as patients maintain their oral health. Conditions such as periodontal disease can jeopardize the placement of a dental implant because it can cause the jawbone to shrink. This may result in the loss of dental implants as well as natural teeth if left untreated.

How can I ensure my dental implant will last?

  • Ensure you are an appropriate candidate. Dental implants need enough bone to stimulate the process of osseointegration. Patients with extreme bone loss may need to undergo bone grafting to restore this area and prepare for the placement of a dental implant. X-rays are used to determine candidacy and ensure successful placement and maintenance of the dental implant.
  • Keep the smile healthy. Patients need to brush and floss their teeth after every meal and visit their dentist every six months for a thorough evaluation. This time also allows the dentist to ensure the dental implant is firmly in place and working as expected.
  • Maintain natural bone. If other teeth around the implant are lost, it can result in shrinking bone. By maintaining the bone of the jaw, the likelihood of the implant staying in place is increased.

Learn more about dental implants today!

At Massa Dental Center in Naples, FL, patients in the community have dental solutions available to them for enhancing the appearance of the smile, as well as the functionality. If you are interested in dental implants and want to find out if you are an appropriate candidate for placement, contact Drs. James Massa, Daniel Cocris, and Stacey Vlachos today by calling (239) 597-7333.

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