Post-surgery dental implant healing and implant success rate go hand in hand. A complete and integrated implant healing will ensure long lasting implants but inadequate or fragmentary healing may lead to implant failure. Healing criteria can vary for different patients, depending upon individual factors. Also dental implant healing time may be different for different patients, but, on average, dental implant healing process usually takes up 4-6 months. These several factors play a crucial role in implant healing. We have listed them for you below.
Periodontal disease and dental implant healing time
Patients with periodontal disease have an increased possibility of spreading the infection to the implant or to the bones surrounding the implant. This can in turn weaken the implant support and shorten its life. An infected mouth will contain millions of bacteria and microorganisms, which will significantly delay the implant healing process and increase the probability of implant failure. Hence, dental implants are mostly contraindicated for patients with periodontal disease. Can a patient have dental implant surgery once their periodontal disease is taken care of? Yes, certainly. Primary treatment plan should include removal of any persistent periodontal problems by a deep and meticulous cleaning before placing any implants.
Patient’s age and tooth implant healing
It has been seen that the potential of osseointegration is not dependent on the age of a disease free, healthy patient. The wound healing capacity in a healthy, elderly patient is the same as that of a younger patient. Age is not a factor for delayed healing, but the diseases that come along with more mature age play a major role on wound healing. Systemic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and their treatments such as radiation therapy, corticosteroids, etc, directly affect and alter the complexity and architecture of the bone. This can considerably delay bone healing process. Ironically, most of patients opting for dental implants are elderly patients. Although delayed, but the wound healing capability is still sufficient for older patients. Hence, many of them are good candidates for getting dental implants.
Bone density and dental implant healing process
Bone density is one of the major factors for deciding the location and type of implant to be placed. The quality and density of bone is also correlated to its location in the jaw bones. The bone structure of lower jaw is usually denser than the bone structure of the upper jaw. The primary stability and support of dental implants is directly dependent upon the quality of bone. Osseointegration is faster and optimum in denser bone. For those patients with low bone density dentists recommend performing bone graft. Dental implant healing time after bone graft is considerably shorter.
Smoking and implant healing
Smoking is a prevalent risk factor for tooth loss and implant loss. It also heavily affects patient’s periodontal health. Smokers’ gums start to recede and dental implants may start to loosen. Naturally, tobacco consumption (smoking or chewing tobacco) delays wound healing. What is more, during smoking, a negative pressure (suction) is created in the oral cavity, which dislodges the blood clots forming at the healing site and postpones healing. All dentists and dental implant surgeons warn against the risk of smoking after any oral surgical procedure.
Your teeth alignment and healing time after dental implant surgery
Teeth alignment, occlusion and masticatory forces also play a role. Any occlusal or masticatory (chewing) forces applied during chewing are transferred upon the bones surrounding the dental implant. If the occlusal forces exceed the mechanical or biological load-bearing capacity of the dental implant and the bones surrounding it, osseointegration at the site can be jeopardized and healing can be delayed. So for long lasting life of your dental implants, a precise and explicit placement of implant in the proper occlusion is necessary. The more ideal the occlusion of your dental arch, the more rapid implant healing. If you are planning a dental implant surgery, read more about tooth implant recovery diet.
Tooth implant quality
Along with systemic and local factors, the type and brand of dental implant also plays a key role in the healing process. A dental implant is not simply a screw-type metal post which is inserted into the jawbones. Tooth implants come in all shapes and sizes, and premium dental implant brands are also available on the market. An experienced surgeon from a reputable dental implant clinic will be able to choose the right type of implant for your jaw and needs. A good quality fixture will promote rapid osseointegration and consequently promote fast implant healing.
Dental implants daily care
Maintaining good oral hygiene is a must if you expect your dental implants to last a long time. In fact, caring for your dental implants is as easy as standard oral care. However, it has to be done systematically in order to be effective. Regular brushing, flossing, using mouth rinse should do the trick. Proper dental implant care will help you enjoy your new smile for many years to come.
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