The foundation of a dental implant is the post that an oral surgeon places in your jawbone. As it heals, the post fuses with surrounding bone and tissue. It becomes part of your dental anatomy and, with proper care and attention to gum health, the implant post should remain in place for a lifetime.
The dental implant restoration that Dr. Mojahed places on your implant after healing could be a crown, bridge, or denture. However, since they’re all prosthetics, they eventually need to be replaced.
Why Dental Implants Fail
There are a couple of variables that affect the success of implant placement:
- Conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, or a compromised immune system, cause slower healing, and the implant may not integrate fully with the jawbone.
- Gum disease is also a contributor to implant failure. The implant itself won't’ get infected, but a gum infection can develop into a condition called peri-implantitis that weakens the structures that hold the implant in place.
- Smoking is a habit that compromises your implant, and studies indicate that the implant failure rate for smokers is 15 percent or higher, compared to non-smokers where the failure rate was only one percent. If you are a heavy smoker, we would most likely not recommend dental implants.
If you live in the Allentown area and are considering dental implants, please call Evolve Dental Care to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Amir or Dr. Sunny.