At Same Day Teeth Team in Solihull, our aim is to give people with missing teeth their smile back with the highest standard of dental implant solutions; a long-term solution, not a short-term fix.
Many patients who enquire about dental implants are concerned with their investment and how long their dental implants will last. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a ten to fifteen years when properly placed and well cared for over their lifetime. Implants are a commitment that can’t be ignored, even though they are not at risk of cavities. A number critical factors affect lifetime of implants:
- A correct diagnosis and treatment plan must be put in place at your first consultation.
- A study of the patient forces, the movements a patient makes when biting, chewing or moving the jaw from left to right. The forces impact on dental implants and need to be minimized to ensure longevity.
- Design and manufacture of high-quality abutments and crowns from the best dental technicians for each patient.
When making a diagnosis, your dentist will take into consideration the health of your gums and jawbone. They need to be in good condition for successful treatment. The longevity of dental implants is affected by certain habits such as smoking, which can have a negative impact on the success rate of the implants. Of course, we treat smokers but we do inform all patients that smoking will affect the integration of the implant as the bone heals and the expected lifespan of the implant over time may be significantly reduced. We advise smokers to try and quit.
Unfortunately, your medical history can affect the success or failure of your implants. Pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, may cause implant failure. We are inclined not to treat patients whose diabetes is not controlled, but a full history of your health will be discussed at your first consultation.
It is vital the patient has a good oral hygiene routine in place, including flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash. Regular visits to a qualified hygienist, who will ensure your implants are correctly cleaned, and your gums are healthy, are essential and will prolong the life of your dental implants. The hygienist will teach you how to brush and care for your implants.
Bi-annual visits to see your dentist at the Same Day Teeth Team and regular x-rays will monitor the health of your implants and bone stability to preempt any issues long before they become a problem.
To ensure the long life of your new implants in Solihull and to keep on smiling, contact the Same Day Teeth Team to make a free initial appointment HERE.