What is the success rate of dental implants?
Dental implants are an increasingly popular tooth replacement alternative. Implants can replace a single tooth or secure an entire denture in place. In replacing a single tooth, many patients prefer implants because they look just like the rest of the teeth in the smile.
Implants also help to stabilize the jaw bone in the area of the missing tooth or teeth to prevent additional tooth loss. Implants are remarkably durable and sturdy. When you work our skilled, knowledgeable implant dentist in Tijuana, chances of implant success are very high, typically around 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Although implants are successful for nearly all patients, they do fail in a small percentage of cases. If a dental implant does fail, it’s most likely to happen within the first six months after it is placed while the implant is integrating into the bone. Fortunately, many of the most common factors involved in implant failure can be prevented. Sometimes, a patient may have insufficient bone to hold the implant in place. That can lead to failure unless the implant dentist first performs a graft to augment the available bone or places the implants as to maximize the available bone.
Of course, the patient plays an important role in ensuring the success of dental implants as well. Smoking is one primary preventable cause of implant failure. If you are considering implants, you should attempt to stop smoking before you undergo the procedure. It’s also important for a dental implant patient to maintain good oral hygiene habits to ward off conditions such as periodontal disease and severe tooth decay that could lead to additional bone loss. If the bone in the vicinity of the implant is compromised in any way, the implant could fail. For more information on dental implants and to see if you are a candidate for this innovative procedure, contact our office at 866-737-6583 to schedule a consultation.