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Dental Implant Overview

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Success Rate


Success Rate

A number of factors influence whether implants can be placed, and whether they will be successful in the long term. These factors include:
  • The health of the jawbone and its capacity to heal well, the bone density and the general health of the mouth.
  • The number of implants and the type of prosthesis.
  • Whether the implants are wanted in the upper jaw or lower jaw.
  • The general health of the patient.

Possible complications
Implant failure - There are virtually no recorded instances of allergy to titanium metal, so the possibility of the implant being ''rejected'' does not arise. However, occasionally the bond between the bone and the implant, necessary for the success of the implant, does not occur. This involves about 2 - 3% of all implants and the reason is not fully understood.

Discovery of this failure normally occurs at the time of second stage, and the implant will then often be immediately replaced with a larger diameter fixture. This second fixture has then the same high probability of successful integration as the original. Replacement of a failed fixture does add extra time to the treatment process.

Dental implants have a high success rate, which has been scientifically documented over 35 years.



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