There are many treatments out there for missing teeth, Getting dental implants is arguably the ideal option. These artificial tooth roots are surgically anchored into the jawbone and gum tissue. Dental implants can support crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures. That means all levels of tooth loss can be treated thanks to implant dentistry.
To ensure successful dental implant treatment, there are several things that Missouri City, Richmond, TX and Fort Bend County patients can do. Let’s cover some implant dentistry tips below in brief so you understand the basics of treatment.
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
There are numerous reasons why an implant dentistry procedure may fail, but some of the most common reasons include:
- Mistakes by the Dentist/Oral Surgeon - Whether it’s from inexperience or just poor planning, a bad dentist or oral surgeon can make the dental implants process more prone to complications and failure.
- Poor Healing Times and Recovery - If you’re not healing quickly, you’re more likely to develop an infection or suffer from some kind of complication that leads to dental implant failure.
- Bad Oral Hygiene - Poor oral hygiene after getting dental implants could lead to problems with recovery and osseointegration.
- Gum Disease and Peri-Implantitis - Oral bacteria in the mouth can cause periodontal disease, which can result in failure. In particular, patients need to watch out for peri-implantitis, which affects the gum tissue around a dental implant.
Locating a Good Dentist/Oral Surgeon in Your Area
First things first, one of the best ways to avoid dental implant failure is to find a skilled dentist and oral surgeon in your area. If you have family members, friends, or colleagues who’ve gotten dental implants, you can ask them for dentist and oral surgeon recommendations.
If you don’t have such resources available in your network, trying Googling “dental implant dentist Missouri City” or “implant dentistry oral surgeon Richmond.” This should give you some leads to research and consider.
Quitting Tobacco Products
Smoking and the use of chewing tobacco have a number of negative effects on your health. Not only do tobacco products increase your risk of cancer, lung disease, and heart disease, they can also cause slower healing times, gum disease, and tooth loss. That’s why it’s important to quit using tobacco products before getting dental implants and to continue to avoid tobacco products once your implants are in place.
Attending Follow-Up Visits with Your Dentist
After getting dental implants, you’ll have multiple follow-up visits at Fort Bend Dental to monitor your progress. Be sure to attend all of these follow-up visits as scheduled. Patients should also feel free to contact the practice as soon as any urgent matters arise. Addressing these emergencies as soon as possible is best for treatment success.
Attending Regular Cleanings and Check-Ups
In addition to the follow-up visits for dental implants, patients should also go to their routine cleanings and checkups every six months. These visits will help address any issues not covered by the dental implant follow-up visits.
Practicing Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing are keys to good dental health and successful implant dentistry treatment. Patients should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Using a proxy brush and superfloss around the implant posts is recommended for optimal dental health.
Learn More About Implant Dentistry
For more information about dental implants and why they may be the right option for you, be sure to contact our skilled cosmetic and restorative dentists. Fort Bend Dental has two locations. Our dentists can be reached in Missouri City at (281) 336-9899 and in Richmond at (281) 336-9971.