Dental implants require a significant investment of a patient’s time and resources, so it’s reasonable that patients would want to maximize the longevity of the devices. Before having dental implants placed, it’s important for patients to be aware of factors that contribute to the treatment’s long-term success, such as adequate bone at the implant site, ongoing maintenance of the implants, overall oral health and the oral surgeon’s qualifications, among other concerns.
In the beginning stages of evaluating the patient for dental implant placement, the oral surgeon should determine whether the patient has adequate bone at the implant site to support osseointegration. That is the process by which the surrounding bone forms a permanent bond with the titanium implant, and it is crucial to the implant’s stability.
If the patient does not have enough bone to support the dental implant, the patient may need to undergo a preliminary oral surgery procedure, such as a bone graft or sinus lift, in order to improve the chances of implant success.
For the best chances of long-term implant success, patients should also choose an oral surgeon who is well-versed in dental implant placement. Dr. Koos has extensive experience with various dental implant placement techniques, such as All-on-4, and he has successfully placed thousands of dental implants in patients who were missing a single tooth, as well as thousands of edentulous patients in need of implant-supported dentures.
The patient also bears some responsibility for maintaining the dental implants so that the fixtures last for their intended lifespan. Gum disease can compromise the integrity of the bone and consequently can also interfere with the bond between bone and implant.
Therefore, patients should be free from active gum disease at the time of implant placement and should be diligent about their oral hygiene habits, including routine checkups and cleanings at the dentist, to reduce their chances of developing periodontal disease.
Dental implants can last for a lifetime in many patients, but the circumstances must be a good fit. Get an oral surgeon’s perspective on whether there are any potentially problematic issues in your case. For more information, contact Chicago’s premiere dental surgery clinic, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio.