What can impact on the success of dental implants?


Are you looking for a long-term solution to restore missing teeth? Have you heard of oral implants and are curious to learn if you are suited for them?

When you come to UK Dental Specialists, we can assess your suitability for dental implants St Albans and can offer you tips and advice on how to prolong their longevity. We have been fitting implants for over 10 years and know all there is to know about these excellent restoratives!

So, what are some of the factors that can contribute to the long (or short) term success of dental implants St Albans? Read on to find out!

Maintenance appointments

When it comes to maintaining oral implants, you will need to see our team at least every 6 months for check-ups.

With dental implants St Albans, even though they are not real teeth, they can still succumb to the negative effects of gum disease or poor oral health. While unusual, they can also be expelled from your jaw, which can be prevented if our team is consulted regularly and has the chance to assess them.

To keep oral implants happy and healthy, stay in touch with our team and maintain good dental hygiene at home.


It goes without saying that lifestyle has an enormous impact on how well our teeth look and function.

And so, if you currently engage in a high sugar diet, or consume copious amounts of alcohol in your daily life, this can have a negative impact on the longevity of oral implants. Like natural teeth, oral implants can accumulate plaque which, if left unremoved due to poor hygiene or is exacerbated by high sugar diets, can increase the chances of gum disease.

Periodontal disease is a big no-no for oral implants, as it can cause the restoratives to fall out prematurely.

For more information on how you can adapt your diet to accommodate for longer-lasting oral implants, talk to our team at UK Dental Specialists.


Smoking is bad for your general and oral health, especially if you have had oral implants fitted.

Why? Because smoking can cause the gums to recede and will increase the chances of an oral implant (and your teeth in general) falling out.

If you want to have oral implants fitted but currently smoke, please discuss smoking cessation options with our team. This will give your oral implants the best chance of fusing successfully, but of also lasting long term.

Health conditions

If you suffer from conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes or even some auto-immune conditions, if you have had oral implants fitted, it is vital that you try to keep them as well controlled as possible.

Remember, in many cases of health conditions, it is not actually the condition that can impact on oral implants, but it is the medications used to treat them. Many autoimmune conditions require the immune system to be repressed, which can slow the healing time of implants. This in turn can cause a higher failure rate.

If you have had any health disorders diagnosed since having an oral implant fitted or you have had any long-term medication changed, please inform our team.