Tips for Successful Implant Treatment
- Posted on: Jul 15 2017
Just a few generations ago, instances of total tooth loss were more common than not. Today, we don’t tend to think about tooth loss as something that will happen to us. When it does, it comes as a big, unwelcomed surprise. It is interesting that this is our general perception of tooth loss when statistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons indicate that:
- Approximately 70% of men and women in the 35-44 age group have lost one or more teeth.
- More than one-quarter of adults will lose all of their natural teeth by age 74.
Tooth loss is something that we should think about. We should talk about it. Doing so leads to two things: first, recognizing that permanent teeth aren’t truly impervious to damage may lead us to take the utmost care of them. Second, talking about tooth loss also means talking about replacement options, and that can reduce the chances of making a snap decision in the heat of the moment.
Dental implant treatment has been performed for decades now. More than 50 years of research and development have led to the treatment options we have today, and to the 95% success rate that is possible for implant patients. While that high of a success rate is paramount, there are still factors that could diminish the end-result. Here’s what you can do to maximize implant treatment . . .
- Don’t wait. As soon as tooth replacement is needed, act. One of the biggest consequences of tooth loss is that the bone around the empty socket deteriorates. This happens within about an 18-month period, so prompt implant placement is ideal.
- Don’t rush. This may sound counter to our first point. What we mean, though, is that it is beneficial to take your time in choosing an implant dentist. Dr. Highsmith has been performing this procedure in our Clyde office for more than 25 years. His Fellowship with the Misch Implant Institute demonstrates high-level training that is not shared by all dentists.
- Don’t skimp. On brushing, that is. And flossing, if applicable. One of the prime factors in dental implant failure is periodontal disease, and this condition can still develop even if all teeth are merely lifelike replicas.
We prioritize patient care, which includes support for the care of dental implants. To learn more about your options for tooth replacement, call (828) 627-9282.
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