Implant Success: Combatting Risk Factors

Are you feeling mostly optimistic about the idea of a future smile with dental implants? If you have learned much about the placement process and osseointegration (when the implant fuses with your jaw tissue), you know that there’s a tiny chance for failure and a big chance for success. However, that very small percentage may be giving you some doubts. To help boost your confidence regarding how you can easily combat potential risk factors, we offer some information you need.

Succeed With Healthy Habits

We will generally suggest that you avoid tobacco products like cigarettes because they are bad for your oral health and the health of your entire body. When it comes to the placement of dental implants (and recovery), we will suggest you avoid use before, during, and immediately after treatment. However, for your best results it’s always ideal to completely quit. Why? Consider the following:

  • A patient’s ability to ward off infection drops as a result of smoking
  • A patient’s healing ability decreases
  • Tobacco products irritate gum tissue, which can lead to inflammation that inhibits implant success

Address Your Bruxism

Are you someone who suffers from bruxism? Unfortunately, the constant pressure associated with your disorder (whether you are grinding your teeth or clenching your teeth) can significantly impact the success of your dental implants. Too much pressure as the posts attempt to fuse with your jawbone can disrupt the process of osseointegration. Begin treatment (or continue treatment) for bruxism if this functional disorder is affecting your smile.


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).