What Can Slow Implant Healing
Although the dental implant healing phases normally progress in a healthy way along the expected timetable, there are some things you can do to hamper the healing process. This might mean your implant healing will take more time.
Low Primary Stability
When the implant has tight, secure contact with bone, bone will grow around it. If the contact is less secure and the implant moves, the body might build cartilage or fibrous tissue around the implant. If your dental implant isn’t stable when placed, your Detroit implant dentist may cover it over with gum tissue so it can heal without being moved. This helps the body build bone around the implant.
Not Following Postoperative Instructions
Your Detroit implant dentist will give you detailed instructions about how to encourage your dental implant to heal. This includes things like avoiding alcohol during the 48 hours after implant placement. If you don’t follow your implant dentist’s instructions, it can slow your implant healing or lead to a failure to integrate.
Smoking is bad for your dental implants. This is due in part to smoking’s effect on the gums. Your gums are integral to the health of your mouth because they deliver important nutrients to your teeth via the bloodstream. Smoking actually limits the flow of blood to the gums, which is why smokers are more susceptible to gum disease. This blood flow is key for dental implants to heal properly, and if it is limited then the healing process will not only take longer, but it is also possible that your body will not take the implant.
You should stop smoking as long as possible before your implant placement, and avoid smoking for as long as your Detroit implant dentist recommends. In fact, it’s best to quit smoking altogether.
For much of the same reasons as smoking, those who are having difficulty managing their diabetes might not be good candidates for dental implants. Diabetes stiffens and narrows the capillaries which reduces the blood flow to many areas of the body, including the gums. This can prolong the healing process and may result in the implant failing to take. Once your diabetes is under control your dental implants should heal normally.
Poor Bone Growth
Simply put, if your bone does not grow around the dental implant then it will not take. Make sure you’re getting good nutrition to support bone growth. Your Detroit implant dentist will help you find a healthy diet to support bone growth.
If you have lost a tooth because it was infected, or due to advanced gum disease then without antibiotics it is highly likely that any healing dental implants will become infected. It is difficult for your body to heal and fight off an infection at the same time, and this is especially true for any infections that reach the bone. The best case scenario in this situation is that it takes longer for the implant to heal, but it is important to note that this could result in the loss of the implant.
If you or your Detroit implant dentist are worried that the implant could become infected, then you may want to consider waiting a few months after the tooth is extracted to ensure that the infection has subsided.