Each patient has a role in the success of their dental implant. What can you do?
- proper nutrition is important because it is necessary for optimal wound healing. Intake of vitamin A, C, D, and E and minerals (calcium, magnesium and boron) are recommended.
- stress management is important because in the short term it effects wound healing time. In the long term, stress manifested in clenching or grinding can affect implant survival.
- smokers are at a higher risk of inflammation and bleeding around implants which can lead to bone loss.
- uncontrolled diabetes is associated with a higher risk of implant failure on placement and on greater inflammatory risk over the long term.
- satisfactory hygiene--control of bacterial contamination of tooth/implant surfaces is important. This biofilm combination of microorganisms can be removed on a daily basis through thorough oral hygiene and regular maintenance visits for professional cleaning.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309