How Do I Keep Dental Implants from Failing?

If you've replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant, you may be wondering how to keep dental implants from failing. While titanium implants cannot get cavities or decay like regular teeth, you still need to care for them. With proper maintenance, they can last you a lifetime! Today, we'll go over some of the ways you can ensure the longevity of your implants. 

 

Can They Fail?

One of the notable benefits of dental implants is that they have a reputation for being successful. However, they do have a 1-2% chance of failure, mainly due to bacterial infections. Infection can weaken the surrounding gum and bone tissue, and if left untreated, will require the implant to be removed. Other causes of failure include insufficient bone structure, poorly fitting crown, or not waiting long enough for the implant to heal.

 

How Do You Treat a Failed Dental Implant?

Our treatment depends on the reason the implant failed. For severe infections, the damaged tissue is removed, cleaned, and disinfected. Infections can be stopped if caught early enough. Some causes of failure may require bone grafting. Again, we will surgically remove the damaged tissue and use a bone graft to stimulate growth to support the implant.  

 

How Can We Prevent Dental Implant Failure?

Just like taking care of your natural teeth, practice good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and getting regular checkups every six months. While the implant can't get cavities, plaque can still build on them just as easily as natural teeth. Floss at least once a day, and brush twice a day for two minutes with toothpaste that contains fluoride. By maintaining good oral hygiene, your implants can last a lifetime!

 

California Dental Care

We hope our page helped you understand how do to keep your dental implants from failing. While they have an incredibly low failure rate, there is still a possibility. With regular cleaning, you'll be able to show off that beautiful smile for a long time! If you have any questions or would like to learn more, one of our friendly team members is more than happy to speak with you! You can reach us by phone at (707) 741-6090 or click here to contact us on our website



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