Why an Implant?
Dental Implants are one of the most exciting treatments in modern dentistry. Although the first implant was placed 40 years ago, the new developments in the field are making implants a more often utilized restorative option for tooth loss and denture retention. Dental implants can help replace missing teeth that can affect your appearance, oral function or self confidence.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are essentially titanium anchors that are surgically placed into the bone. The bone actually grows around the surface on the implant and has tremendous stability. This process is called osseointegration and usually takes between 3-6 months. An abutment, or attachment to the implant that sticks up our of the gum, and crown is then placed on the implant to look and feel like a natural tooth. Alternatively, and abutment may also be placed which can attach to a retain a denture.
Success Rates for Implants:
Success rates for dental implants vary depending on the study, but in general success rates are between 90-98%. Selecting patients who are good candidates for implants is important and contributes to success. Smoking inadequate bone height, width or quality, systemic diseases, hygiene and other factors contribute to failure, but even people with some risk factors can still have dental implants.