Dental implants are perhaps the most popular solution for tooth replacement within the last 30 years. When used to replace individual missing teeth, implants are designed to mimic the shape and size of a natural tooth. They can also be customized to replace only the root portion of a natural tooth in order to serve as an anchor for a dental bridge or a complete denture.
As you discuss the option of dental implants with your oral surgeon, you will likely learn that these restorations have an impressive success rate of approximately 97%. According to clinical research statistics, nearly all dental implants can be expected to be successful.
To qualify as “successful”, an implant must remain in place and functional for at least five years after it is initially placed. The great majority of implants, however, have been documented to last for a significantly longer period of time. Many of the implants that were first placed commercially in the 1980’s are still in place and continue to function in the same manner as a natural tooth.
The conditions under which the implant is initially placed can certainly influence the success of the restoration. Similarly, the condition of your oral and general health following the placement of the implant can influence the lifespan of your new tooth (or teeth).
Your oral surgeon will perform a thorough evaluation to ensure that you are an appropriate implant candidate prior to undergoing the procedure. Implants are generally recommended for healthy adults with adequate bone structure and no underlying health conditions. You should be able to tolerate a minimally invasive surgery, and you should have a willingness to partner with your dentist in order to ensure proper healing.
Once the implant has healed, it will be important to practice careful oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing to prevent gum disease, a condition which can lead to the failure of both your natural and artificial teeth.
With ideal conditions and routine dental care, your dental implants success rate can be higher than imagined.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact Northern Texas Facial and Oral Surgery today to schedule an appointment.