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7 Factors that affect the success of Dental Implants

So, you’re dreaming of your new dental implants being fitted, excited about the look and comfort of them that will have you wanting to put on your biggest smile for every photo this summer.

However, before you go ahead and book this treatment, you should consider a few things that could harm how successful your dental implant treatment will be.

Here we will look at what affects dental implants the most and what you can do to avoid any unwanted complications.

What factors affect the success of dental implants?

At London City Smiles, we understand that you might have numerous questions regarding success rates or aftercare for your dental implants. Feel free to ask these questions during your consultation.

Let’s take a look at seven key factors that play a role in whether your dental implant treatment will be a success:

  1. Oral infections – if you have an infection, like periodontitis, this makes your chances of success regarding dental implants worse because your gums will need to recover properly before they can take and hold the implants in.
  2. Bone density – if the bones in your jaw are weak and not structurally sound, there is less chance that the implant will successfully catch and stay in the bone, meaning that it could come loose.
  3. Age – studies have shown that the older you are, the greater the risk that dental implants won’t survive. Our bodies and bones naturally get weaker once we reach old age which means that having implants younger could increase your likelihood they will last.
  4. Other non-oral medical conditions – cancer or diabetes are unfortunately other reasons why dental implants might not be successful, something you should inform your dentist of prior to the procedure taking place.
  5. Poor aftercare – it’s not just your dentist that has a job to do on your teeth! It’s very important that you listen to all the advice that is given to you about what to avoid in the immediate hours and days after treatment so that you don’t aggravate the site of the implant, letting your mouth heal properly.
  6. Grinding your teeth – if you can help it, avoid grinding your teeth so that you don’t inadvertently shift your dental implants. Some people can’t help grinding their teeth in their sleep, which is a condition called Bruxism. Speak to your dentist if you believe you suffer from this.
  7. The location within the mouth – yes, where you have your dental implants fitted can also play a part in how successful they will be. This could be down to the different density of bone or gum thickness we have near different teeth.





Not all of these factors can be helped but speaking to your dentist about these risk factors and making sure that you are fully briefed on how you can assist in the success of your dental implants will go a long way to making this a permanent procedure.


For more information on dental implants generally, explore our webpage