During consultations at Create A Smile, PC – Dr. Ken Moore, we are often asked about the success rate of implant placements.
In case you are unfamiliar with dental implants, first, let’s review what they are.
What is a Dental Implant?
A tooth 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 durable and unmovable
- Blend perfectly with your natural teeth
- Help you speak and eat normally
- Prevent bone loss that can occur when a tooth is extracted
- Prevent the issues associated with dentures
Evaluating Dental Implant Success Rates
Now let’s discuss 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 a true picture of the success rate of any dental procedure.
Whenever you hear a finding, look at the following:
- What is the source?
- How was the rate determined?
- What were the factors?
In the context of dental implant success rates, this is how you would apply the questions:
Does this statistic come from a trusted source, for example, a clinical trial? What were the conditions of the research? Did the study include general dentists? Or was it restricted to dental implant specialists?
Dental Implants Are A Proven Tooth Replacement Option
The dental implant procedure studies under real-world conditions have found a five-year success rate of 98%.
If you are contemplating dental implant surgery, be aware that at Create A Smile, PC – Dr. Ken Moore, 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.)
Dr. Ken Moore is a dental implant specialist. At Create A Smile, PC – Dr. Ken Moore, we have carried out 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 periodically?
There are several things the patient can do to help ensure a successful procedure.
- Follow post-placement surgery directives.
- 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, obtain treatment.
- Have a twice-yearly 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 one!
Now, denture wearers have an amazing new tooth replacement option.