Implants are replacement tooth roots which provide a strong foundation for fixed and or removable replacement of teeth.
In general dental implants have a success rate of 98% and with proper care they can last a lifetime.
Anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders -- such as diabetes or heart disease or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
Diabetes affects about 15.7 million Americans and nearly 800,000 cases are diagnosed every year. Diabetes can lower the body’s resistance to infection and can slow the healing process. As a result, periodontal diseases often appear to be more frequent and more severe among persons with diabetes.
Prior to dental implant placement, your dentist may request a test of blood sugar to see whether diabetes is under control and may prescribe antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection. A modification in diet and medication may also be considered to improve healing. Good maintenance of blood sugar levels, a well-balanced diet, good oral care at home and regular dental check- ups significantly improve the chances of implant success.
Additionally, modifications in surgical technique can also enhance and ensure implant success says Dr. Cherukuri, from her Chino, California practice.
Check with your dentist if you are a candidate for implants!