Pave Your Way To Dental Implant Success

Dental Implants Wheeling, WVIt wasn’t all that long ago when a hefty percentage of our ancestors went about their days with no teeth. Tooth loss among middle-aged adults was incredibly common back in the early 1900s. Today, there is a widespread perception that we needn’t worry much about losing our permanent teeth. This perception could lead us exactly where we don’t want to go.

Research indicates that tooth loss is still a concern amongst adults today, and not only older adults. Tooth loss affects almost 70% of men and women aged 35 and older. It is also estimated that, by the age of 74, more than one-quarter of us will have lost all of our teeth. Does knowing this change anything for you?

When we realize that permanent teeth may not be as impervious to damage as we imagine, we can learn how to take the utmost care of them. Understanding that tooth loss is a possibility also lets us see that it pays to know what to do should the unforeseen happen.

In recent years, more people facing tooth loss have become aware of the value of dental implants. The immense growth in implant dentistry has led to hundreds of thousands of procedures. Unfortunately, not all of them have achieved the desired outcome. Dental implants do enjoy the highest success rate of any tooth-replacement process –  over 95%. However, there are steps that pave the way to long-term success, and you should know what they are.

  1. Don’t wait. One of the aspects of successful implant treatment is the presence of healthy bone. After a tooth or teeth are lost, bone degradation occurs within about 18-months. The reduction in bone density and height can be mitigated but may require pre-treatment. Fast action on your part could prevent unnecessary complications.
  2. Don’t be too hasty. The sense of urgency brought on by bone loss could lead to hasty decisions in who performs implant treatment. There are various levels of training available to dentists who want to offer this procedure. Dr. Wylie is a fellow of the International Congress of Implantology and has completed a one-year program with one of the pioneers of implant dentistry, Dr. Hilt Tatum. This, as well as the completion of additional educational courses, demonstrates a high standard of excellence that improves patient outcomes.
  3. Don’t skimp. Your mouth needs optimal oral care before and after dental implant treatment. Bacteria do not go away even when there are no natural teeth in the mouth. These microorganisms, if not well-managed, can attack the gums, then the underlying structures, which can ultimately lead to implant failure.

Would you like to know more about dental implants? Contact our Glen Dale office at 304-845-2480.

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