The keys to success
Kate Scheer looks at ways to improve your results.
Continued advances in dentistry mean that patients can now enjoy the benefits of cutting-edge restorations such as dental implants. These restorative solutions have advanced to such an extent that many of the latest implant systems provide exceptional function and aesthetics comparable to a natural tooth. With an impressive survival rate of 94.6 per cent or more after a 20-year follow-up, it’s no wonder that dental implants are a popular alternative to traditional restorations. Of course, as with any other dental surgical procedure, there are some key factors to consider to ensure the success of implant treatment.
The overall health of any patient seeking dental implants should be thoroughly assessed prior to treatment, taking into account behavioural habits (such as smoking), systemic conditions, the use of medications, and the health of the patient’s periodontium. Heavy smoking habits, systemic diseases such as diabetes and their associated medications, and a presence or history of untreated periodontitis are all factors that can influence the outcome of implant treatment.