Dental implants are the newest form of tooth replacement surgery. It involves a titanium screw that is placed directly into the jaw bone. This screw is then supported by an abutment that is topped with the crown made from porcelain. The implant is measured exactly to fit the patients’ mouth and acts as the original tooth. If you treat implants well they will stay secure just like any other tooth. The surgery is made up of 3-4 dentist trips over 3-4 months. This time includes healing time so by the end of this period you will be back to a strong mouth and filled with confidence in your smile.
Although this surgery has had a lot of attention from specialists it still isn’t perfect as there are always going to be limiting factors. The success of the procedure does also depend on the patient not just the surgeon or dentist. How healthy your mouth is will have an effect on the treatment and how well you look after your implant. Following examination, the strength of your jaw bone will be measured. This can also effect the success of the opposition. If your bone is weak then it might no react well to the placing of the implant however bone grafting is there to help.
Everyone should have confidence in the procedure as it has been proven to work on patients as old as 91 and as young as 14. Bone grafting is there’s for jaws which aren’t as strong. Bone grafting is where extra bone is made up in a laboratory for fit around the implant once it has been placed to set it in and keep it stable. Think of building a sandcastle, once you flip the bucket you pay extra sand around the foundations of the sand pile to give it support, this is the same as bone grafting.
‘Failures’ in implant surgery are considered circumstances where the tooth must be replaced or removed all together. A study has shown that from 129 cases that were monitored only 2 resulted in replacement or removal giving the procedure a success rate of 98.4%. Another study tested 143 surgeries and found only one failure giving it a success rate of 99.3%.
The risk of failure mostly depends on the after care of the implant. If you brush and floss well on a regular basis and don’t use your teeth for things you shouldn’t then you’ll find success in your surgery. However there are some circumstances where accidents can happen such as car accidents or other injuries caused in the mouth that can rupture the implant which is out of your control. If you take as much care as possible then you should have complete confidence in your mouth and smile following surgery.