With a success rate of about 95 percent, placing dental implants in Concord, NH is highly predictable, and it’s rare for them to fail. In someone who’s a good candidate for implants, a biological process called osseointegration occurs. The body produces bone cells that grow around the surface of the implant, anchoring it to your jawbone.
The stability of your implant and the crown it’s attached to depends on this process to be successful. However, certain risk factors can contribute to a loose or failing implant.
- Gum disease that attacks the bone that supports the implant
- Bruxism and teeth grinding that place excessive force on the implant tooth, causing “overloading” and damaging the implant
- Certain medications like antidepressants that affect bone metabolism and osseointegration
- Smoking slows the healing process and affects optimal integration with bone
- Cancer treatment with radiation therapy inhibits healing
Even with all these risk factors, dental implant placement is still a highly successful procedure. If your implant does fail, however, there’s no need to panic. In most cases, your implant dentist will be able to remove the implant using only a local anesthetic.
If you are considering a dental implant, our Concord, NH dentist will discuss all these risk factors and how we can ensure long-term success. If your implant feels loose, call White Park Dental so we can determine the best course of action to help you.