When An Implant May Not Be For You

smokerImplants are the most stable and long-term treatment to replace a missing tooth or teeth. While most people are probably candidates for implants, there are some reasons an implant procedure may fail, or you may need a prior procedure to ensure that your implant does not fail. In our last blog, we discussed the importance of your jawbone health, but today we are focusing on two other reasons an implant procedure may not be right for you.

Smoking

Some studies have indicated that for people who smoke, there is an increased chance for implant failure. The reason for this is thought to be the fact that smoking can compromise bone health and density. Smoking also interferes with the healing process. Although this is no reason to turn a smoker who would like implant treatment away, if the patient smokes, they should be aware that if they continue to smoke during and after the implant procedure they may be at higher risk for implant failure. Also, some treatment protocols include the cessation of smoking a week before the procedure, and also for the eight weeks following the implant placement procedure. This is to help minimize the adverse effects smoking is said to have on the early stages of healing.

Bruxing

Bruxing refers to the chronic grinding and clenching of your teeth. Such a habit can cause excessive force or pressure on the bone-implant interface, which can eventually lead to implant failure. If you are a chronic grinder who is considering an implant procedure, you may need to address your habit before making your final decision. A simple custom-created mouth guard may be an option. Dr. Wright can help you make the right decision for you.

Call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, Today!

At Just Wright Dental Surgery Center, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience, and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. With extensive experience in placing, restoring, and maintaining dental implants, Dr. Wright and our team can walk you through every stage of the dental implant process. We also specialize in helping patients with medical considerations that can affect their oral and overall health, such as cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery from drug addiction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental implant office in Waxahachie, TX, today at (903) 225-2221.