Implants for replacing lost teeth have come a long way... Better materials, procedures and professional experience result in far fewer problems than occurred in the early years of implants.
Unfortunately, there are few things in life that last a lifetime and dental implants are no different. Despite the fact that less than 2% of implants fail, it is not much consolation if you are one of those 2%…as far as you are concerned you have been affected 100%!
OK, let's face it, any surgical operation has its inherent risks and problems. And the same can be said about dental implant operation.
But even though implants require surgery and offer risks of infection, they have gained in popularity because such artificial teeth are fixed more securely and look more natural.
Whether you have lost teeth natural disease or injury, suffering with the embarrassment of tooth loss and the frustration of dentures is now no longer necessary. Consult your local dental practice to find out if dental implants are right for you.
The majority of cases are successful as long as patients are told how to care for their new teeth.
Just like your natural teeth, your new implants need daily, conscientious care. Careful brushing twice a day, daily flossing, and routine dental visits to your dentist all work together to help those implants last.
That means maintaining your oral health is something that you can do to help prevent the need for replacing your implants.
If implants make it through the first year — 95 percent of them do — they are likely to last a lifetime, says Carl F. Driscoll, president of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Unlike natural teeth, they aren’t vulnerable to decay, though they could suffer surrounding bone loss.
Dental implants have come on in leaps and bounds and now it is changing the way that we look at replacing broken or missing teeth. However not only are people looking for better solutions to missing teeth, they’re also seeking to replace their existing dentures and bridges too.
Our inordinate and overriding desire to have a mouth full of white shiny teeth has produced the greatest health calamity in the history of Western civilization. That’s a very serious statement, and yet entirely true. The tooth implant is just another highly dubious dental procedure which has contributed to this ongoing systemic health crisis. How so?
The irony is that dentists have opted for replacing damaged teeth with implants 'because they saw this as being cautious,' says David Corless-Smith, of the Dental Law Partnership. 'Yet the opposite is happening. Implants are fuelling a growth in dental litigation.'
Replacing lost natural teeth with prosthetic implants secured into the jaw bone is one way to overcome the problem of losing teeth. However, as an NHS consultant who has had to salvage implants that have failed, they may not be the perfect answer you imagine.
These alternatives to dentures have lots going for them—but the costs are higher.
Implants are a good long-term solution to replacing lost teeth, but they’re not cheap.
Success rate of dental implant procedures vary depending on the dental health of the individuals, where in the jaw the implants are placed and the expertise of the person who carried out the procedure. But generally, dental implants have a success rate of up to 95%.
The Association of Dental Implantology is a registered charity dedicated to providing the profession with continuing implant education and the public with a greater understanding of the benefits of dental implants.