Making the decision to get dental implants is not always easy. Dental implants are a great solution for a variety of problems, but that does not mean they are perfect.
You are putting a foreign body into your body. There is always the possibility that your body will attract that foreign body and try to get rid of it. That process is dental implant rejection. While there are times you may not stop this from happening, there are things you can do to make it less likely to happen.
Know the Causes
One way to prevent something from happening is to know why it happens. When it comes to dental implant rejection, there are some things the patient controls and some things that we control. Some of the things that you control include good oral hygiene. Taking care of the implants is important if you want them to last. In addition to brushing and flossing twice a day, it is a good idea to avoid certain foods such as hard sugary candy and acidic drinks that can harm the implants.
Smokers also need to think twice after implants. Smoking restricts the blood flow to the gums which can lead to implant failure. Implants can also fail if there is not enough bone tissue, if there is gum disease present or if an infection affects the areas around the implant. There are also some medications and some pre-existing medical conditions that can lead to the rejection of implants.
Steps to Take Some of the things that you can do to prevent implant rejections are easy to do. Using good oral hygiene habits and following the instructions for care after getting the implants will not only help prevent rejection, but also help keep the rest of your teeth healthy. Avoiding problems with infection and not enough bone tissue requires taking the time before the surgery to prepare the implant site. Issues surrounding pre-existing conditions and medications requires being open and completely honest with us.
Dental implants offer a great solution for many different problems, but they require the same effort and care that your natural teeth need if you want to keep them for a long time. Contact our office to learn more about this and to schedule your next appointment to maintain your oral health.