When it comes to dental implant failure, the numbers are in every patient's favor. Success rates of 98% and higher are pretty standard, making dental implants the gold standard for tooth replacement.
However, as with any treatment, risks are involved. Awareness of these risks is key to preventing a failed implant procedure.
How do dental implants work?
Ideal for anyone who wants to maintain their natural smile, dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth.
Dental implants are posts surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. The procedure is performed in-office and has a very high success rate.
The tooth root implant, made of titanium, is placed so that it fuses with the jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration and typically takes several months. You’ll have temporary teeth to wear while the bone and implant bond together to create a solid foundation for your new teeth.
Four to six months later, your dentist can attach the posts to the implants and complete the permanent restoration of your smile.
Benefits of having dental implants include:
Secure fit. Dental implants will not shift as dentures can, so you can eat whatever you like and smile confidently.
Easy maintenance. Unlike dentures, which must be removed daily to be cleaned, you care for your implants just as you do your natural teeth.
Conservation of tooth structure. No need to prepare healthy teeth for a bridge to connect the missing teeth.
Why do dental implants fail?
Most implant failures are due to infection around the implant site, resulting in the loss of the implants or the teeth supported by them. But patients who adhere to proper oral hygiene practices will significantly improve their chances for the long-term success of their implants.