Helping Your Implants Last a Lifetime
Dental implants, in one form or another, have been widely used for over 50 years. In that time, they have become one of the most predictable and successful of all procedures in dentistry. When cared for properly, the success rate for dental implants is about 95%.
One way to ensure the success of dental implants is to find a dentist who is skilled in the procedure. Dr. Lucio Kim has had extensive training and experience in placing implants at our Glendale, CA dental office and continues to learn everything he can to ensure the success of your implant.
Choosing a dental implant for tooth replacement is a big decision. You have to invest time and money in the procedure, and we will help you do everything possible to ensure that they last a lifetime.
How to Maintain Your Dental Implant
If you want to understand how to properly maintain your dental implants, it helps to look at the reasons an implant might fail. Two primary causes of implant failure are:
Advanced Gum Disease – Placing an implant requires a healthy jaw and healthy gums. If advanced gum disease (periodontitis) compromises either, your implant may fail because it no longer has a stable base to hold it in place. To avoid this scenario, you must brush and floss around your implant twice a day. This is a small investment in time compared to a lifetime of use from your implant!
Overloading – This is a term that we use when your implant is subject to excessive force caused by teeth grinding or a misaligned dental bite. With regular visits to our Glendale, CA office, Dr. Kim can monitor these potential problems and take appropriate steps to protect your dental implants. In many cases, we can resolve the problem with a night guard that prevents your teeth from coming into contact with each other.
If you are interested in learning more about the ways dental implants can change your life, please call us at (818) 242-3739. We will be happy to arrange a consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you.