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At Cain Dentures Centers, we see a log of patients searching for affordable dentures in Portland and area. Whether they are searching for partial or full sets of dentures, they all are hoping to have their oral health restored so they can once again functionally eat, speak and drink like before.

Occasionally patients seek out dentures because they’ve had a bad experience using bridges or implants. Dental implants have gained widespread use around the world, but questions still remain about what causes implants to fail in some patients but not other.

Understanding Causes of Implant Failure

The placement of implants in patients suffering from severe gum disease – a condition is also known as periodontitis – is one area of concern that could be contributing to dental implant failure. To determine whether individual’s suffering from periodontitis was more susceptible to implant failure, researchers in Sweden conducted a review of 22 randomized and non-randomized clinical trials. Researchers concluded that patients who showed an increased risk of periodontitis could also have an increased risk of implant failure, infection, and loss of supporting bone structure.

Another recently published study examined the effectiveness of implant treatment in a large patient population pool exactly nine years after having undergone implant surgery. Using a large randomly selected patient pool, researchers determined that patient behavior could affect implant success rates. Patients who smoked and patients with previous periodontitis diagnoses had a higher risk of implant failure. Patients with implants less than 10mm in length and those using specific brands of implants also had a higher risk of failure.

Advances Have Been Made In Implant Success Rates

Despite the risk of failure, dental implants still make a great choice for replacing a missing tooth or for anchoring a partial bridge. To improve the success rate for individuals at risk of implant failure, researchers have developed a number of recent breakthroughs that promise to improve the reliability of dental implants in the future.

Because some implants will develop crestal bone loss and peri-implantitis, a variety of treatment methods is used to fight these conditions. The use of a laser has been reported to decontaminate implant surfaces, which helps to prevent infections that cause implant failure. Laser technology offers the potential of not only improving the success rate but for treating and saving failing implants.

In another study, researchers successfully created an antimicrobial coating the effectively eliminated bacteria from implant surfaces. While still in early development, researchers hope this new compound will one day offer additional protection to the application of implants and contribute to a lower overall failure rate.

So while at Cain Dentures Center we still plan to provide affordable dentures in Portland, new breakthroughs are on the horizon that promise to not only improve the success rates of dental implants but to also make safer, more comfortable and longer lasting dentures, as well.