The development of improved dental techniques and materials is occurring at a dizzying pace. The idea of dental implants was pretty revolutionary when they were first developed. But as innovative as tooth implants are, scientists have still found a way to improve on the original concept to further ensure long-term success.
Implants That Protect Against Gum Disease?
Dental implants have a 98% success rate, which is pretty awesome. The main reason that an implant might fail is an infection that develops as a result of biofilm. Biofilm is a fancy term for a bacteria-laden plaque that builds up on teeth and leads to gum disease, which can compromise the stability of the implant.
Scientists have found a way around this problem by developing a dental implant that contains a reservoir filled with an antimicrobial agent. Tests show that the agent is released slowly over time to combat bacteria and protect your gums and thus protect your implant.
Pretty cool, right? Well, don’t get excited just yet because these innovative tooth implants are not yet available at our Birmingham dental office – or to the public in general. Until they are, your best defense against failure of your implant is to be proactive with your oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Stay Consistent with Your Birmingham AL Dentist!
Dr. Aaron Cook is highly skilled and experienced in placing dental implants. But the responsibility for ensuring the long-term health of your implant rests with you. We are always here to help, but you must be proactive with your oral health. You’ve invested a lot of time and money in your implant, so it just makes sense to keep up with routine dental visits and practice proper oral hygiene on a daily basis.
If you would like more information about tooth implants at our Birmingham dental office, please give us a call. We will be happy to talk to you about the benefits of dental implants and the ways you can ensure their long-term success.