When you make the decision to invest in dental implants, you do so expecting your procedure to be successful and last a long time. In the vast majority of dental implant surgeries, this is the case! Dental implants typically have a success rate of 98-99% with a skilled and experienced doctor performing the surgery. However there is always a chance an implant surgery can go wrong or the implant can fail after surgery has happened. While these instances are rare, there are many steps you and your doctor can take to be better prepared ahead of time.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Long-term solution to tooth loss
- Improves oral health
- Natural look and feel
- Ability to eat almost any foods again
- Clear speech
- Enhanced confidence
The Reasoning Behind the Success Rate
Dental implants are one of the most successful and efficient ways to replace missing teeth and restore oral function to a patient’s smile. The reason they work so well is the fact that they mimic a natural tooth’s form and function, including the tooth root and crown. Additionally, the material the dental implants are made out of are bio-compatible with the body. This means that there is a minimal chance the implants are rejected and that the material will bond with the body. This bonding gives implants a firm and virtually permanent hold in the mouth.
What can Make an Implant Fail?
Dental implants are still at risk of failure depending on several conditions. One of the most common causes of implant failure is the poor upkeep of oral health that a patient has. Even though an implant is an artificial tooth, it is important that it, and the entire mouth, be cleaned by brushing and flossing as well as routine dental visits. Peri-implantitis is a disease that can affect the soft tissues and bone surrounding an implant and eventually cause failure or severe damage to the new tooth. Additionally, implants require adequate bone volume to be successful. So patients who attempt to get dental implants without proper bone in their jaw, are unlikely to see success. Most dentists and doctors will identify this ahead of time and offer bone grafting procedures to improve structure before surgery.
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