Successful dental implants Navan

Tuesday, 12th April, 2022

Immobilised oral prosthetics can be complicated; they do not have a 100% success rate. At Navan Dental, we can show you the tools and steps that we take to maximise successful dental implants Navan for all our patients.

Managing secondary conditions and lifestyle factors

There are many possible lifestyle factors and secondary conditions that can significantly reduce the lifespan of dental implants Navan. Some may not apply to you, but let's quickly run through them so that you can get the most out of your treatment.

Tooth grinding

Tooth grinding is common, particularly amongst those who suffer from dental misalignment. It can also be related to environmental stress and may even be a side effect of certain medications. Tooth grinding of early loaded teeth is particularly dangerous as it exposes an ossified implant to excessive stress, potentially dislodging and rotating it. This can be magnified if you also suffer from an overcrowded arrangement of teeth.

Smoking & post-operative healing

Smoking has a systemic effect on immune function, reducing how active white blood cells are, affecting the inflammation cycle and disrupting the tissue migration status, which is associated with the first and second steps of healing.

The spikes in carbon monoxide and reduction in new blood vessel formation are what makes smoking a retardant on bone growth as well as soft tissue healing. All of these effects are significantly magnified in implant procedures, as smoke from the mouth allows the immediate delivery of carbon monoxide and other combustion products directly into the biologically active gum tissue.

Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)

Hyperglycemia is commonly seen in those with badly managed diabetes or those who are in a pre-diabetic state. It involves the attachment of glycoproteins to the outside of many cells; this affects cell-to-cell communication and causes healthy cells to move relative to each other. Both of these are particularly important for the creation of new bone and the way osteoblasts migrate around the tissue matrix in bone. Checking for and bringing blood sugar levels under control significantly increases the chances of successful osseointegration.

Chronic illnesses

Many patients with chronic diseases will find themselves being rejected and considered unsuitable for implantation. We will explore any potential to modify the procedures and study the effects of prescriptions that will be required to control the disease. However, you may have to explore alternative medications that can be used temporarily during the dental implants Navan procedure.


Osteoporosis has one of the greatest impacts on implants. The reduction in both the volume and density of bone mixed with the significant reduction in the rate of bone growth can cause osseointegration to take 11 to 12 months. In the best-case scenario, the procedure will almost certainly have to be preceded by bone grafting.


Corticosteroids are used in a large number of conditions that affect inflammation, usually in controlling rheumatoid arthritis or autoimmune conditions. The associated lowering of the inflammation process greatly hinders healing, particularly in soft tissue. If a pause in steroid use can be tolerated, perhaps with the use of alternative pain relief, it should not affect the implantation procedure we perform. 

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