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Dental Implant Horror Stories: Top Mistakes to Avoid

Dental implants have a 97% success rate and are a safe and effective solution for missing or damaged teeth. As implant specialists, we love when our patients are well-informed because it's also the best way to make sure you have long-term success. 

Here are three mistakes to avoid when it comes to dental implants.

Using an inexperienced implant surgeon

Of the 3% of dental implants that fail, many are due to medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes or excessive smoking. This is why it's critical to choose someone who frequently performs dental implant procedures. It's not just about the implant placement itself; a skilled dentist has the experience to know which patients are good candidates for dental implants and the confidence to turn away patients who are not.

At Midtown Dental Care Associates, we know the risk factors to look for and we follow best practices for preventing infection, injury, sinus problems, and nerve damage. This includes the use of 3-D imaging to detect potential problems. If you suffer from periodontitis or other conditions that complicate surgical procedures, we will not operate until we feel confident we can do so safely. Our team includes an expert in prosthodontics and implant dentistry, an internationally-known dual-trained endodontist and implantologist, and acclaimed cosmetic dentists. When you choose our practice, you get expertise in implant function and appearance all in one location.

Not following post-operative instructions

Immediately after your dental implants are placed, we will expect you to eat soft foods, take antibiotics if they're prescribed, cease smoking, abstain from alcohol, and practice good oral hygiene. When these guidelines are not followed, the risk of dental implant failure increases. Potential complications from not following post-surgical instructions include:

  • Infection
  • Implant movement
  • Fracture
  • Pain and bleeding

Your implants don't have the support they need

This is one of the most common causes of dental implant failure. The success of dental implants is dependent on a process called osseointegration. This is when your dental implants and jawbone fuse together. Without osseointegration, your implants are not securely anchored and subject to movement and, ultimately, failure.

When an implant becomes loose, you will likely need to have it removed. Only after the jawbone has sufficiently regenerated can your implant be replaced.

Learn more about dental implants

Our doctors at Midtown Dental Care Associates are experts in implant dentistry. You can feel confident knowing your smile is in the hands of capable surgeons. Contact us to schedule an appointment at 212-685-4730.