- Category: Dental Implant
Dental Implants Success
Studies have shown that 95 percent of lower jaw implants and 90 percent of upper jaw implants are successful, making dental implants among the most effective procedures found in dentistry today. The reason upper jaw implants show a slightly lower success rate is due to the fact that the lower jaw is denser than the upper jaw which makes the anchorage of a successful implant harder to achieve.
There can be no guarantee that an implant procedure will be successful. Although the cause for the failure of an implant can usually be found the inability of the osseointegration to complete, there may be other reasons attributing to implant failure. If an implant is poorly placed, osseointegration might not take place, the implant could break or even become infected, (as do natural teeth) or a crown may simply become loose.
Smokers are at high risk for implant failure and often advised to give up the habit before undergoing the procedure as it can be quite expensive. Patients who smoke risk wasting their money on such procedures if they do not quit.
The good news is that dental implants aren’t vulnerable to the formation of cavities. However, poor oral hygiene can cause peri-implantitis to develop around the implants instead, which is equal to periodontitis (severe gum disease) that can develop around natural teeth.