A dental implant is affixed into the jaw to secure a replacement tooth or bridge. Thus, many wonder if dentists can remove the implants and how they perform this process.
Dental implants are an option for full mouth restoration, a missing tooth, or several missing teeth. If you’re a candidate, it is an option to bring back a natural looking smile maybe after a long time of being self-conscious about it.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 36 million people in the U.S. are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws, and 120 million are missing at least one tooth.
Tooth loss happens from decay and gums disease, and as a result of injury, cancer, or wear and tear. Dental implants, also known as an artificial tooth root, are metal posts or frames put beneath the gums.
Can dental implants be removed
Dental implants play a significant role in oral rehabilitation, and many believe that they are permanent.
A dentist can remove them safely on a case by case basis. The procedure is simple and far less invasive than placing them into your jaw and under the gums.
The dental implant procedure is performed in reverse and patients may experience some level of discomfort.
Some dental implants are easier to remove than others. In some cases, bone grafting can save or immediately allow another dental implant in its place.
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Your dentist removes the implants and aims to preserve a healthy bone structure. Tools are used to apply force and aid the removal with little to no bone loss.
Here are some of the reasons to have them removed:
- Host rejection
- Early failure
- Stripped dental implant screws
- Patient’s choice
Clinical studies over the past 40 to 50 years showed that success rates are steadily between 95 to 98%.
A recent study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine and performed by the Department of Prosthodontics concluded that the success rate of the procedure reaches 95%.
In this particular survey, a total of 5200 patients were studied for eight years. It included 2800 males and 2400 females.
The results showed that maximum implants failures (55) were seen in the age group above 60 years of age.
Age group below 40 years resulted in 20 failed implants and age group 41–60 years resulted in 45 failed implants.
Maximum implants failure was seen in implants with length >11.5 mm (40/700) followed by implants with <10 mm (20/1650) and 10–11.5 mm (60/2850).
Consequences of missing teeth include significant nutritional changes, obesity, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and some forms of cancer.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the estimated U.S. and European market for dental implants are expected to reach $4.2 billion by 2022.
People who have lost teeth (either partially or completely) in the U.S. will continue to increase in the next 15 years to more than 200 million individuals.
Can dental implants be removed? Yes, the procedure is simple and the reasons range from host rejection to the patient’s choice. Success rates are over 95%.