During consultations at Mark A. Miely DDS, we are often asked about the success rate of tooth implants.
In case you are unfamiliar with tooth implants, first let’s discuss what they are.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a permanent replacement tooth root. It is inserted into the jaw and eventually meshes with the jawbone. This provides a durable, sturdy base for a porcelain crown or denture.
- Are strong and unmovable
- Blend perfectly with your natural teeth
- Help you speak and eat normally
- Prevent bone loss that can develop when a tooth is extracted
- Prevent the issues connected to dentures
Evaluating Dental Implant Success Rates
Now let’s consider success rates.
Perhaps someone told you that dental implants have a high failure rate. Or maybe you read a success rate on the internet that seemed too good to be true.
We all know that a single number can’t portray an accurate picture of the success rate of any dental procedure.
Whenever you hear a figure, examine the following:
- What is the source?
- How was the rate determined?
- What were the criteria?
In the context of dental implant success rates, this is how you would apply the questions:
Does this statistic come from a reliable source, for example, a clinical trail? What were the conditions of the analysis? Did the study include general dentists? Or was it restricted to dental implant specialists?
Dental Implants Are A Proven Tooth Replacement Option
The tooth implant procedure studies under real-world conditions have found a five-year success rate of 98%.
If you are thinking about dental implant surgery, be aware that at Mark A. Miely DDS, we only recommend surgery for men and women who are good candidates. This helps us maintain a nearly 100% success rate. (Which we are very proud of, by the way.)
Doctor Miely is a dental implant specialist. At Mark A. Miely DDS, we have completed hundreds of dental implant procedures.
Wouldn’t you rather have a dental implant specialist instead of a general dentist who only does an implant procedure occasionally?
There are several things the patient can do to help ensure a successful procedure.
- Follow post-placement surgery directions.
- Practice proper oral hygiene—keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
- Don’t chew on hard foods or other items. If you grind your teeth, seek treatment.
- Have a semiannual dental exam and cleaning.
If properly cared for, an implant can last the rest of your life. (We hope you have a very long and happy ‘rest of your life.’)
Today, dental patients with missing teeth are fortunate to have a tooth replacement choice that is far better than both traditional dentures and dental bridges.
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