Dental Implants

For decades, dental implants have been used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. They allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally, so you can smile, laugh, and eat your favorite meal without any dental issues.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

In general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%.

These factors may affect the success of a dental implant:

Gum disease

Healthy gums are a criteria for dental implant surgery.

Gum disease is an infection that can damage the gums and jaw bone.

An untreated infection could develop around the implant and lead to failure. If you have gum disease, talk to your dentists before getting dental implants.

Smoking

Compared to a non-smoker, research studies show that smokers can have a dental implant failure rate up to 20 percent.

Smoking can also cause dental implant failure because it restricts blood flow to the gums. In turn, slowing the healing process.

Being a smoker doesn’t mean that you’re ineligible for a dental implant.It is ideal for you to stop smoking one week prior to a dental implant and at least two months after placement.

Insufficient jaw bone

Without enough healthy jaw bone, the surgeon cannot surgically place the implant into your jaw.

Bone loss can happen with osteoporosis. Severe gum disease can also cause deterioration of bones in the mouth.

Certain medications can also lead to dental implant failure, so it’s important to discuss with your oral surgeon. any prescription and over-the-counter medications that you are currently taking.

Poor dental maintenance

A good oral hygiene impacts the success rate of a dental implants and your overall health.

An inexperienced surgeon

An experienced surgeon knows how many implants he will use to support tooth replacement. Too few implants can cause excessive stress on the implant and failure.

A board-certified and skilled dentist prevents iatrogenic trauma, which is injury to the periodontal tissue by a dentist’s activity.

Certain medications can also lead to dental implant failure, so it’s important to discuss with your oral surgeon. any prescription and over-the-counter medications that you are currently taking.

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