The Truth about Dental Implant Failures
The high success rate of dental implants is a well-documented fact – in the 95-percentile range. That means failure in dental implant surgeries is very rare and so are its risk factors. That said, like any other surgery, dental implant procedures are not immune to the probability – no matter how small – of complications. However, it must be stressed that most of these complications are avoidable and your success rate can be further boosted if a professional and experienced dentist administers your treatment. Some of the complications may include nerve damage, infection, broken implant or the body rejecting the implant.
Dental implant surgeries typically fail due to an improper selection of patients. A responsible implant dentist will study your medical records and examine the treatment site carefully before recommending you the dental implant option. One of the criteria that the dentist must determine, before he will even consider you for the treatment, is that you must possess the sufficient bone quantity – and quality – to support the implant fixture.
Another culprit for implant failure lies with inferior surgical techniques. Some of the common technique-related issues are: inadequate irrigation of the surgical site; overheating of the bone during placement; poorly restored implants; high torque and excessive drill speed during placement.
The implant itself may also fail due to a host of factors: biological, biomechanical, biomaterial or microbiological. Infection may also occur as a result of contamination on the implants or implant site. Poor oral hygiene and failure to follow after-care instructions during the healing period are other causes. The presence of dental plaque in and around the site can result in colonisation of infection-causing bacteria. Conversely, proper oral hygiene can greatly reduce that probability.
After the surgery, the patient should follow all the post-operative guidelines put forward by the dentist to bring about faster healing and deal with any after effects of the operation. Personal habits like smoking must be discussed with the dentist prior to the surgery so that he will be able to provide proper advice on the need to curb or stop smoking in the days or weeks leading up to surgery. Research has shown that smoking before and after the operation can sometimes lead to dental implant failures.
The majority of implant failures occur right after the surgery and it is highly unlikely to avoid early detection. Also as mentioned, most of these concerns can be minimized by a trained professional who will assess the site conditions carefully, use sterile equipment and instruments, and carry out the treatment protocols in a systematic manner. With the post-operative cooperation of the patient, dental implant surgeries are poised for a high degree of success. In addition to high success rates, research has shown that properly maintained dental implants can last for more than 35 years – even the chances of lasting throughout the life of the patient are very high.
If you are considering dental implants as an option, speak to a dentist at Ballarat Implant Centre, an exclusive treatment facility incorporated within Dentistry@Ballarat. For more info on Ballarat Implant Centre, call +61(3) 53649511 or visit ballaratimplants.com.au
FAQsWhy do you take an hour for the first exam, when other dentists don’t? There are many problems that a patient can present with on their first appointment. Sometimes the health of your teeth and all the structures that surround your teeth are perfect. But we don’t know what we will find when we’re seeing a patient for the first time. So before we can give you the “all clear” we feel that we have to set aside enough time to explore all your presenting issues (and not just the obvious ones that are quick to spot.) You can rest assured that our standard fee is charged for this comprehensive 1 hour appointment.
Comprehensive Exam Why do I need to see a hygienist? Can’t the dentist just clean my teeth? Will they cost more? Hygienists’ training is dedicated to caring for gums, whereas dentists cover a much wider field of diagnosis. A narrower, more detailed focus generally means that more problems can be diagnosed at an earlier stage when treatment is easier, cheaper and with a better prognosis
Hygienists usually spend more time with you, thoroughly cleaning your teeth. They also can provide you with advice on how to take really great care of your smile. And, it doesn’t cost any more to see a hygienist!
Gum health requires more regular checking than the teeth. The hygienist is an economic way for you to have your teeth cleaned regularly without having to see the dentist every time—similar to seeing your GP when you have the flu, rather than getting an appointment with a specialist surgeon.
Maintaining Healthy Gums I haven’t been to a dentist in years & I’m worried about what they might find. At Dentistry @ Ballarat our team understands that fixing dental problems that may have been brewing for years can see the bills mount. That is why we’ll make certain that you get a treatment plan that allows you to be aware upfront of indicative costs and time. We also offer GE credit to assist with payment plans so that you can rest assured that you can budget accordingly.
We always focus on preserving teeth as much as possible and practicable. Dental problems compound if left untreated and that generally means the optimal time to start is straightaway. While the prospect of getting a number of procedures to fix your dental problems can be worrying, the best place to start is with a roadmap that will let you know where we need to go.
Services What’s the difference between a porcelain filling
and a cheaper one? Porcelain fillings are incredibly strong. A porcelain filling gives the tooth back its strength. Research has shown that the strength of the tooth is restored by porcelain to between 80–100% of its original strength. A usual (composite) filling comes nowhere close to that. Amalgam (silver) fillings are even worse—actually sometime causing teeth to fracture.
Porcelain fillings are more compatible with natural teeth than any basic filling material. Composite wears much faster than enamel and can break down base of the tooth, allowing decay to get into the tooth. No filling carries a 100% guarantee, but porcelain fillings come closer than any other basic filling material.
Cosmetic Dentistry How do our dentists look
aftertheir own teeth? You can read about Dr Ian Harper’s personal experience here. Why do I need X-rays?
Do they do me any harm? The fear of X-rays is understandable. However, the dosage of dental X-rays is very low compared to medical X-rays. In fact, X-rays surround us constantly whether we are at the dentist or not, in the form of background radiation, something which is given off by every object. You would need to take nearly 100,000 dental X-rays to equal the dosage of background radiation you experience over an average lifetime. Our digital X-ray system makes them even safer, reducing dosage by 50%.
We cannot always see where decay has managed to enter the tooth. X-rays prevent unnecessary fillings and allow us to do only the fillings that need to be done. Early diagnosis of decay also prevents the need for root-fillings into the future. If it isn’t currently broken,
do I need to get it fixed? A “stitch in time saves nine” describes our approach perfectly.
Our teeth have to serve us from when we are 6 to 106, and while the rest of the body can repair itself after being damaged, our teeth depend on us to be fixed.
Sometimes a tooth can be fixed after it has fractured; then again, sometimes the fracture is catastrophic and the only alternative is to extract it. No matter how easily it can be fixed, the prognosis for the tooth is always better if there is more of the tooth left to fix. That implies that the dentist and any assisting team members should use their experience and knowledge to identify those teeth which are heading in the direction of catastrophic failure and advise the patient accordingly.
The same preventive principles also apply to the other two most common causes of tooth loss: decay causing abscess and gum disease.