Dental implants, reliable treatment

According to various published studies, Dental implants seem to be more durable than bridges or removable prostheses.

In the same way as for a natural tooth, it is difficult to predict the lifespan of an implant as this depends on a large number of factors.

The following factors affect the success of implant treatment:

  • quality and balance of the prosthetic teeth on the implant.
  • distribution of forces in the implant.
  • bone quality.
  • patient’s oral and dental hygiene.
  • how frequently check-ups are performed.

Dental Implant - Lekholm & Coll Survey

There are some very interesting studies about the long-term success rate of the treatment, for example the 2006 study by Lekholm & Coll. :

  • The study was conducted over a period of 20 years.
  • Implant survival rate was 91% at 20 years. In other words, a patient who has implants has a 9 in 10 chance of still having the same implants and implant prostheses in 20 years’ time.
  • Implant treatment is the most reliable prosthetic treatment in many situations.

What are the risks and complications?

  • The majority of complications occur in the first few months of healing and osseointegration. This is often due to deficient osseointegration as a result of fibrous tissue interposition.
  • The implant is mobile and painful.
  • It has to be taken out under local anaesthetic.
  • A new implant can generally be re-mounted a few weeks or months after healing has taken place.

Remember

Dental implants are a proven and reliable technique.

There are few contraindications to surgery.