Problems With Dental Implants And How You Can Avoid Them
Despite the fact that modern-day dental implants are extremely successful, problems with dental implants can and do occur. While some implant issues may be down to things like bad planning/execution an incomplete assessment of the patient’s condition, or (in even lesser cases) a poorly made dental implant, the vast majority of common problems with dental implants are caused by the patient themselves. With these in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the causes of dental implant problems and more importantly, how they can be avoided.
Choosing the right dental Implants dentist, or not…
When it comes to something as key as implant-based restorations, experience is everything. Yet surprisingly, dental implant restorations can and are placed by dentists who have little experience. This is becoming more prevalent with the increased rise in dental tourism or with so-called ‘budget dentistry’. Here at Supreme Dental Care in Glen Waverley for example, we see our fair share of titanium dental implant problems in those who have traveled abroad or have sought out cheaper alternatives to get a ‘great deal’ on implant restorations.
Avoiding Implant problems tip #1
Ensure you choose the right dental implant dentist. Do your homework and seek out experience. Remember – just because it’s cheap and/or marketed well, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s in your best interest!
Dental Implant rejection – It’s not you, it’s me!
Talking of budget dentistry, one of the ways that dentists can and do keep their prices low is to offer inferior dental implants. By inferior we mean implants which haven’t had the proven longevity and weight of clinical testing that other more well-known brands have. In some cases, to keep prices down, the levels of titanium contained in one dental implant mightn’t be as pure as in another. As a result, where it’s very rare for patients to experience dental implant rejection in dental implants with the purest levels of titanium, the same might not be said for those being fitted with cheaper or inferior dental implants.
Avoiding implant problems tip #2
Always ask the dentist what type of dental implants they use. If they use a well-known, tried and tested implant brand, then you know that you’re far less likely to experience signs of dental implant rejection.
Dental implant post op instructions – Are you following?
Of course, the most common problems with dental implants occur in those that don’t follow implant post-op instructions. So, what’s the problem?
When dental implants are first placed, they’re at their most vulnerable until bone fusion has taken place some 3-4 months later. Implant issues can occur through a number of factors including:
• Movement particularly in the first 8-12 weeks
• Bacterial build up caused by improper oral hygiene/smoking or…
• Through plain misuse – biting down on hard materials such as ice cubes, or habitual nail biting can lead to dental implant crown problems
For these reasons your dentist will give you specific instructions on what you should do to ensure you implant-based restorations have the best chance of survival. Failure to stick to a dental implant recovery diet or smoking during the bone fusion process, or simply being too active, too early, can all cause problems with dental implants.
Avoiding implant problems tip #3
Trust in your dentist and follow any post-op instructions to the letter. In doing so you’ll ensure you give your dental implants the best chance of survival during this crucial time.
Dental implant problems – Are you in it for the long-haul?
Let’s face it, dental implants are a sizeable investment, so it’s understandable that you’d want to keep them for as long as possible. While implants have been proven to last for many years this only happens if you play your part. Just like your natural teeth, titanium restorations need ongoing care and attention not just for the first few critical months, but for the rest of your life. When good standards of oral hygiene aren’t adhered to, it can lead to potential problems for your dental implants.
Avoiding implant problems tip – #4
Dental implants can be best cared for by committing to a sound implant-care routine. While thorough and regular brushing and flossing are vital, this should also be combined with six-monthly trips to your dentist. This way if there are any problems with your dental implants, they can be caught early on.
So there you have it…problems with dental implants and how to avoid them. If you’re looking into implant-based restorations and want to find out more, then contact us here at Supreme Dental Care in Glen Waverley. Our experienced team are on hand to help call us on 03 8595 2628.