It’s possible for a dental implant to last indefinitely with excellent oral hygiene – but that’s not a guarantee that they will. Everyone has individual dental problems, possible health conditions and will be a different age when they get an implant.
Implants are used to replace a missing tooth, or teeth. If your original tooth wasn’t lost through an accident, your mouth has already been compromised with dental issues. Periodontal (or gum) disease is a major reason for tooth loss and needing an implant. That must be treated successfully first.
Why does a dental implant fail?
Bone loss and infection are two common reasons for implants failing.
Infection, or peri-implantitis, occurs around the implant and inside the gums. It’s usually because of poor oral hygiene. If it’s untreated it can lead to further bone loss and implant failure.
If the implant doesn’t integrate into your jawbone due to low jawbone density or dental trauma to the implant, the implant can fail.
How do you care for dental implants?
You care for your implants in the same way as your natural teeth – brushing thoroughly twice a day, including flossing, and with any mouthwash suggested by your National Dental Care specialist. If you’re unsure of your technique, check with your practitioner and they’ll make sure you have it right.
Aside from your regular dental checks, you will also need to have your implant checked annually to ensure there are no issues. Meticulous oral care is essential with implants as they can be affected even more than natural teeth by plaque and gum infections.
If you have any pain in your jaw, or swollen gums around the implant, contact your dentist straight away.
Who can have an implant?
Implants are a good solution to missing teeth for many people, but are not recommended for:
- people with certain medical conditions
- people with active gum disease
- pregnant women (if anaesthesia is needed in surgery)
Your National Dental Care practitioner will assess your suitability and explain the treatment you will need. You can book a consultation online now.