Dental implants success rate is now 95% or higher, according to Chesapeake oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Leonard Spector.
Dental implants became approved for placement in the United States in 1984, and that is the year that I began to practice. After 32 years of experience in my practice, I regard dental implants as permanent tooth replacements. Dental implants are now the standard of care in replacing missing teeth.
I have had a greater than 95 percent success rate in my practice in the placement of dental implants over the years. This includes placing implants to replace single teeth, multiple implants, and full mouth replacement of teeth using dental implants to secure a permanent denture.
Over the years, we have seen the procedure evolve. There is now more exact, precise, predictable placement of the implants due to advanced technologies such as using computerized three-dimensional imaging. We use these high-tech images to produce computerized surgical guides that allow us to place implants much more precisely. When implants are placed very carefully with regard to bone and the anatomy of the jaw and at the right angle, the probability of long-term success is even higher.
The reason that dental implants remain so secure in the jaw is that the implant fixtures themselves are titanium cylinders that replace your natural tooth root. Titanium has the unique ability to bond and fuse to bone. In essence, the molecules of titanium become fused or integrated with the molecules of your jawbone. The word “osseous” means “bone” and the process is called osseointegration.
Over a period of time, the bone will fuse extremely tightly, tenaciously, to the surface of the implant.
Another exciting development is that now in many cases we are able to place an implant and immediately “load” the implant if there is sufficient initial stability when the implant is placed. When we speak of “loading” an implant, we mean that a crown is attached to the implant immediately so that the patient leaves the office with a functioning tooth that also looks very natural. The patient also has the peace of mind of knowing that most implants will last for decades if not a lifetime.
Dr. Leonard Spector