Can Stress Cause Dental Implants to Fail?

January 24, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoo @ 8:13 pm

dental implant x-rayDental implants in Houston are highly successful, with failure rates estimated at less than 2 percent. In those cases that dental implants do not heal properly or get loose and fall out, there are a number of factors that may have caused it. Stress is one common reason for dental implant failure — but not the type of stress that you experience when you feel like you are stretched to your limits. Rather, we mean stress on the bone. Keep reading to learn more about the link and what it means for your tooth replacement.

Stress and Dental Implants

Titanium dental implants promote the growth of bone tissue which helps the jaw fuse with the implant posts. The result is a stable foundation for a dental crown, bridge, or denture to be affixed on top. In order for this to work properly, though, your dentist must achieve the proper placement and balance with your dental implants depending on the extent and location of the tooth loss.

If too few dental implant posts are used, for example, excess pressure will be placed on the bone. That equals stress — which results in bone loss or deterioration which prevents the implants from bonding with the jaw.

Due to the gradual nature of stress-related deterioration, this type of implant failure may not appear until 5 to 10 years after the implantation (or later).

Remember: Dental Implants Are an Investment

Avoiding stress-related failure of a dental implant in Houston is largely beyond your control, as it is up to your dentist or oral surgeon to put together a treatment plan that reduces risks. Therefore, it is very important to do your research before choosing an implant surgeon. Avoid deals that seem too good to be true; as more dentists add dental implants to their list of services, quality may be reduced and failure rates can rise.

At the very least, 2 implants can be used to support 3 to 4 teeth. In most cases, a full arch of teeth should be retained on now fewer than 6 dental implant posts. Talk to your implant dentist about your treatment plan — and ask for similar case studies they have performed — to gain a good understanding of why they are proposing the recommended course of action.

Promoting Dental Implant Success

In addition to choosing an experienced team for your Houston dental implants procedure, follow these other steps which contribute to successful tooth replacement.

  • Maintain proper dental hygiene: Brush and floss your teeth regularly and visit your dentist as recommended for follow-up appointments
  • Avoid tobacco: Smoking and tobacco use dramatically increase the risk of dental implant failure, especially during the recovery phase
  • Eat well: Caring for your overall wellbeing by maintaining a nutritious diet will help to keep your bones strong and stable

Dental implants are a wonderful investment — do your research and care for them properly to make sure that your enjoy a healthy, long-lasting, and complete smile!

Meet the Practice

Led by Drs. Steve Koo and Thomas Weil, the Piney Point Dental Implant Center offers comprehensive, high-quality Houston dental implant services from the comfort of their state-of-the-art office. If you are experiencing stress-related dental implant failure, salvation may be possible. Give them a call at (713) 597-7340.

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