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Can Anything Go Wrong with Dental Implants?

An increasing number of people are choosing to have dental implants in Ladbroke Grove and it’s hardly surprising as this treatment can produce long-lasting and fantastic looking results. Generally this treatment has a success rate of 95% or even higher, but this does depend on a number of different factors that need to be taken into account by your dentist when planning treatment. Long-term care is also vital.

Why Careful Planning Matters

dental implantsWhen you come to see our dentist in Ladbroke Grove to find out more about this treatment you will be very carefully assessed for your suitability. Although most people can benefit from dental implants there are a few people who would be better off choosing a different option. To find out if dental implants will work well for you, we will need to know your medical history and our dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your jaws and any existing natural teeth.

Your medical history definitely matters as we need to make sure you don’t have any conditions that could affect healing, for example any diseases that impair your immune system. It’s also important to ensure you aren’t taking any medications that could interfere with treatment, and if you smoke then be prepared to quit at least while your implant treatment takes place and preferably for good for the long-term success of your dental implants.

A full oral examination is necessary to determine if you have any existing dental diseases that will require treatment before we can go ahead with dental implants in Ladbroke Grove and we also need to find out how much bone is available in your jaw. Bone loss is a particular problem for people who lost their natural teeth quite some time ago but this doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot have dental implants. In order to be successful, dental implants need to be inserted into a certain amount of bone so they can bond with the jawbone, ensuring your implant teeth will be held firmly in place. If you don’t have enough bone then we can carry out a bone graft and sometimes adding more bone can create a better aesthetic results.

Long-Term Care for Dental Implants

Long-term care is critical but is really pretty easy as it simply involves making sure you visit our Ladbroke Grove dentist at regular intervals for check-ups and professional hygiene appointments. In between times you must maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home and we can show you how best to clean around your dental implants to maintain them. One common misconception is that because dental implants are made from an inert material, they cannot become infected. Unfortunately this isn’t the case as the bone and tissue around the dental implant can become infected with a disease similar to gum disease. With proper oral care you can avoid this from happening and we are confident you will be enjoying your dental implants for many years to come.

If you would like to find out more about dental implants in Ladbroke Grove, then please contact Ladbroke Grove Dental Care on 020 7727 9836.

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