Why Dental Implants Are Not Perfect for Everyone
Taking care of your teeth, and even brushing them regularly is not a complete guarantee that you will not get a cavity. While there certainly is no substitute, it is possible that you may need to get replacement teeth. Dental implants are the best way to go for many people, but even then, it is not completely guaranteed, either.
Toothpastes Are Not Perfect
A recent study by Science Daily points to a problem with new toothpastes that claim to treat dental erosion and hypersensitivity. This means it is supposed to protect your teeth's enamel and reduce pain in sensitive teeth.
The plain problem is that these new toothpastes were shown to be unable to provide any protection for the enamel. In some cases, it actually caused erosion of the enamel.
Protecting Enamel Requires Multiple Steps
The idea that enamel can be protected by toothpaste is incorrect. Other steps must also be taken, such as a change in the diet and in the lifestyle, as well as regular brushing of the teeth. The change in the diet must reduce the consumption of sugar and of acidic foods.
Dental Implants a Possible Solution
One solution to decayed teeth that has been becoming very popular lately is dental implants. These tooth replacement components are made of titanium, which is a bio-friendly metal. Today, crowns can be added to a tooth implant either over a three-to-six month period, or as one day dental implants.
Not everyone Can Get Implants
The tooth implant procedure has some requirements that must be met before the implantation can begin. There must be a sufficient amount of jaw bone at the site, and the patient needs to have healthy gums.
The absence of these two conditions does not mean that implants cannot be given. It does mean that correction must be made surgically. Bone and/or gum grafts will need to be added to build up the site where the implants will be located. Once healed, then the dental implant surgery can take place.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide several advantages over dentures. They do not slip for one thing, which means you can eat and talk with confidence. Another advantage is that because they are surgically implanted into your jawbone, it prevents your jaw bone from shrinking. With dentures, your gums and jawbone will continue to shrink, slowly changing the appearance of your face.
Types of Implants
A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of them. They look natural and can give you a great looking set of new teeth.
Working along with the dentist, patients may be able to get more than one kind of dental implant. Patients can get regular implants, mini implants, and all on 4 dental implants. According to Perio.org, they may also choose to get permanent or removable fixtures to go with the implants. Of course, the implants themselves are permanent.
Can Implants Fail?
Overall, the success rate of dental implants is rather high. To be honest, though, dental implants can fail. They are not foolproof. There are several reasons why they may not succeed. Some causes include:
Failure to Heal Properly
In some cases, the site of the implant does not heal well. This means that the jawbone has not sufficiently integrated with the implant to provide a solid structure for it. In some cases, smoking can prevent this from occurring, but other factors may also be responsible.
Raises Risk of Periodontitis
When patients still have some of their teeth and choose to get removable partial dentures, there is an increased risk of cavities and periodontitis, according to the National Institutes of Health. This risk seems to be growing, but often can be treated by going to full dental implants.
In some cases, there is an infection after the implant has been put in place. This requires the removal of the implant. Once healing has taken place, there is a possibility that a new implant may be attempted.
Poor Dental Hygiene
After an implant has been installed, the patient is still required to take care of their teeth and gums. Failing to do so, can result in the failure of the implants.
Treatment options can be recommended if your implants should fail. It does not mean that it will not work for you. Depending on the cause, it may simply mean that another approach may be needed. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, as many as 98 percent of implants are successful, and more than three million people already have them.
If you live in the Carrollton, TX or Grapevine, TX area, you can get dental implants from Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist. He has been helping people get beautiful teeth with full dental implants, as well as partial ones. Contact his office today at 214-731-0123 for more information or to set up a consultation.