Are Dental Implants Successful?
Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular option for replacing missing teeth. They look and feel natural, and keep your jaw healthy. Unlike dentures, they remain stationary in the mouth and do not have to be removed for cleaning.
If you are considering dental implants, you might be curious about the usual success rate for the implant procedure. Dr. Darren K. Dickson, an implant dentist in Plano, can answer any questions you might have about dental implants and your candidacy for a successful implant procedure.
Candidacy for Implants
Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone. After the root portion of the implant has bonded to the bone, prosthetic teeth are added to provide biting and chewing surfaces. Certain criteria are used to determine if you might be a good candidate for implant surgery. These include:
- Overall good health
- Healthy gum tissue
- Sufficient bone mass to support implants
Some implant procedures require more bone mass than others, and the required bone mass also depends upon the location of the missing teeth. Consulting with our implant dentist can help determine the best implant procedure for your needs, as well as your overall candidacy.
Increasing the Probability of Success
If you wish to receive dental implants, there are some steps you can take to increase the success rate of your procedure, including:
- Be sure your gums and other oral tissues are in good health
- If you smoke, stop smoking well before the surgery
- Consult with an implant dentist regarding your candidacy
If you lack sufficient bone mass to support implants, an implant dentist might recommend bone grafts. These grafts can be taken from other areas of your body, or donor bone might be used. Bone grafts will fuse with your existing bone and increase the support available for your implants. You can help ensure the success of this stage of the implant procedure by following your surgeon’s directions and by maintaining your overall health to support the recovery process.
For more information about dental implants, or to determine your candidacy for implants, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.