Dental implantology has grown considerably in recent years. More and more patients are benefiting from dental implants in Keizer OR. Have implants become the unavoidable solution for replacement of missing teeth? Not exactly, but when possible, it is the preferred solution. This technique avoids bridges that require the mutilation of healthy teeth and also allows the replacement of removable devices by a fixed prosthesis.
Why isn’t the replacement of missing teeth with implants systematic? There are 4 reasons:
- Financial consideration: implant therapy has a higher-than-normal cost and patients must be able to take on this kind of cost if they want implants.
- Health problems contraindicating surgery (non-stabilized diabetes, immune deficiency, certain cardiac problems, etc.).
- Local contraindications, such as bone insufficiency. In some cases, this deficiency can be managed by bone regeneration techniques.
- Lack of motivation by the patient.
Is smoking a contraindication? A smoker usually presents with arteriosclerosis, which is a thickening of the artery walls, causing blood to circulate slower than usual. Smoking can also cause hyperviscosity of the blood. Viscous blood circulates less easily. These two causes lead to a reduction in blood flow. Now, it is the blood that contributes to osseointegration (bone healing around the implant) through the contribution of specific elements.
The viscosity of a person’s blood is taken before the procedure: the hematocrit (rate of red blood cells expressed as a percentage of the total volume of the blood) is a great way to determine if dental implants in Keizer OR will last in that person. The normal hematocrit value is 40 to 45%. However, if the person’s hematocrit level is above normal, the smoker has a hyperviscosity that adds to the reduction in the diameter of the vessels. In this case, blood flows less easy and the contribution of the elements contained in the blood necessary for the implant is reduced. The implant placement is then contraindicated. If the hematocrit is normal, implant placement is not contraindicated.
In a case of failure, the dentist will replace the poor implant with another. This second implant rests in the same place as the first and has the same success rate as before 98%. Contact Riverfront Dental LLC for more details.
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