A common question asked by patients is if the length of an implant matters to its strength and stability, especially when a dentist suggests an implant which is longer than the natural tooth root which is being replaced. The short answer is yes it can make a difference, depending on the position of the tooth being replaced and whether or not that tooth is used for chewing. Dentists generally try to place the longest implant possible to ensure maximum strength and stability, and the length of the implant bears little relation to the length of the original tooth root.
The reason for this is to provide the maximum amount of surface for the bone to adhere to during osseointegration, and it’s often considered important to place the widest possible implant while taking the final restoration into account. Although having a longer implant placed can sound a little worrying there is really nothing to be concerned about at patients don’t feel any pain or extra sensation through the extra drilling needed to place a longer implant.
“Yes – Longer and wider implants are usually stronger and last longer ” Dr. Penchas
Although the length and width of a dental implant undoubtedly makes a difference to the success of the procedure, one of the most important factors for success for implants is to choose the correct dentist. It’s best to choose someone who is experienced at placing dental implants as they will be able to choose the correct implant for each case, and will be skilled at implant placement which is vital for achieving a good and aesthetically pleasing result.
Your dentist should have received implant training while pursuing a specialty degree such as oral maxillofacial surgery or prosthodontics. Many dentists practice implant therapy without having pursued a specialty degree and may have obtained their training through a weekend course, and are perfectly capable of achieving good results. However in more complicated cases it’s far better to choose someone with a higher degree of experience and skills.
Implants have been safely used for more than 40 years and are one of the best replacements for missing teeth as they help to maintain bone. The procedure has a very low failure rate for patients who do not suffer from any systemic diseases and who are in good general health, but it’s still a serious surgical procedure and it’s worth taking the time doing your research first.