I keep reading you can have dental implant failure and that some dentists have a higher failure rate than others. Are there ways to prevent this?
In most cases, a dentist should have a 98% or above success rate when it comes to dental implants. Of course, there will always be a case where a body simply rejects the implant. This can happen even when both the patient and the doctor did everything right.
Proper Diagnostics are Key
Placing dental implants is a 3-dimensional procedure. Because of that, your dentist really needs the same type of layout when he or she is planning out the placement. Make certain your dentist gets a CT scan. Some dentists try to skip with one in order to keep their prices a little low, but I can tell you the majority of cases where the surgeon perforated the sinus cavity with the dental implant, were cases than have not had the CT scan done.
Some dentists will try to prevent that issue by using shorter implements. Unfortunately, those have more of a tendency to fail. Even worse, they fail down the road where the patient will have no way of knowing the cause behind the failure. Don’t skimp on your diagnostics, especially the CT scan.
Use a Qualified Dentist
At the time I am writing this, dental implants are the number one issue for dental malpractice suits. There is not enough training given on doing them in dental school. This means for a dentist to know what they’re doing, it is imperative they invest in post-doctoral training.
Don’t hesitate to ask a dentist where they received their dental implant training. They shouldn’t have any problem telling you that. If they do, move on. They’re not qualified.
Your implant must integrate with your jawbone in order for it to have a chance of success. Without that the implant could just fall out. One of the things the diagnostics mentioned above checks for is that you have enough bone for this to take place. If you don’t, all is not lost.
You can still get dental implants by adding a bone grafting procedure. This builds up the bone in your jaw so you can move forward with security.
This blog is brought to you by Midtown Manhattan Dentist Dr. Marianna Farber.