A dental implant may still seem like an exotic option for many dental patients, but they are increasingly becoming a valid choice for those suffering from tooth loss. Over 90% of modern implants made by high quality sources are successful. A typical successful dental patient will enjoy ten years of implant use, with a little over 80% of recipients’ implants lasting as long as 16 years in ideal circumstances. Only 5% of dental implants are entirely unsuccessful.

The long-term stability of the dental implant depends upon a number of factors. Relative mouth tissue health, medications taken and the dental habits of the implant recipient all impact osseointegration, which is the process of necessary materials forming an intimate bond with human bone. A full consideration of mouth health of the patient before the first dental implant will assure the best long-term success rate. The first dental implant may also require consideration of the patient’s full health history.

Dental implants are built to endure many years. They will withstand all the daily use that real teeth will. They are vulnerable to the same issues that will destroy real teeth, too. Aside from gum disease and other physical problems, there is the behavioral problem of bruxism, or unconscious teeth clenching, as well as other biting stress. Accidents and injuries can also knock out or loosen teeth, just as they will real teeth.

Of course, dental implants require the same due diligence to oral health as one’s own teeth. A toothbrush and floss will still be among the greatest aids to successful implantation. Regular dental checkups will be another part of that regimen. The best results are always received by those who conscientiously practice sound dental and general health habits.

Along with the high quality dental implants that tend toward greater expense, there are newer generic implants the long-term success rates of which aren’t yet clear. An array of dental implant types are available among Southland dental care practitioners. Different procedures and implants are right for different people. A regular consultation with a dental professional will yield the best results in durability.