Dental implants rank as one of the most commonly used cosmetic dental treatments in the world. However, even as implant technology gains wider acceptance and use, questions about what the risk assessment of patients is prior to implant placement still abound. The question becomes, why do implants fail in some patients but not in others?
The use of dental implants to treat patients suffering from periodontal disease is one such relevant concern. To determine the potential success rate, researchers in Sweden conducted a study to review if patients suffering from periodontitis – a severe form of gum disease – were at a higher risk of dental implant failure. Researchers concluded that patients suffering from periodontitis may also have a higher risk of suffering from infection, loss of supporting bone structure and an increased risk of implant failure.
Another recently published study examined the effectiveness of implants in a large patient population over a nine year period. Researchers discovered that smokers and patients with a previously existing diagnosis for periodontal disease had a higher risk of implant failure.
To combat the potential for implant failure, researchers have began trials that attempt to utilize new technology to improve implant results.
New Methods Improving Implant Success
One of the primary causes of implant failure is the development of bone loss and peri-implantitis. To address these issues, researchers have begun using surgically guided bone regeneration treatment. A procedure that involves the use of a laser to decontaminate the surface of implants, guided bone regenerate treatments have proven successful increasing implants results.
A number of recent studies have found an improvement in both radiographic and clinical outcomes for implant failure treatment with GBR treatments.
As smoking is another primary contributor to implant failure. Researchers have also been experimenting on solutions for improving implant success. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials have developed an antimicrobial coating that successfully kills bacteria and reduces bacterial build up in the mouth. The coating contains copper and silver colloids. Researchers have shown that this material can be applied to metal, ceramics and plastic to help eliminate harmful bacteria, thereby increasing implant success rates in smokers.
The Need For Dental Implants
As an experienced cosmetic dentist in Monroe, WA, Dr. Magelsen can provide patients with a comprehensive exam and consultation to determine the need and potential effectiveness of dental implants.
Dental implant treatments can fully restore your oral health back to normal so you can once again smile, eat, drink and talk like you did before. You never fully appreciate the role your oral health plays day-to-day until something bad occurs.
Don’t wait to restore your oral health back to normal. Schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Magelsen today by calling 360-794-8292 or by clicking here.