How long do implants last?


What is the percentage of implant failure? I have heard other people comment on implants not lasting a long time.



Dear Lucy:
I probably should answer this in two parts.
The first part, the percentage of implant failure is very low, which means the success rate is very high. A success rate of 95 to 99% is seen in the literature.
The second part, which deals with the longevity of implants has more variables in it. Implants lasting twenty years are not uncommon, but an implant that has been clinically successful for many years can eventually fail if the routine conditions of good oral hygiene and regular professional care are not followed by the patient.
For the majority of cases, implants are very long lasting.

Carlos Boudet, DDS, DICOI

About Carlos Boudet, DDS, DICOI

Dr. Boudet is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia. After graduating with a DDS degree in 1980, he became a commissioned officer for the United States Public Health Service. When his tour of duty ended in 1982 he received an award for outstanding service. He was asked to serve as Dental Director for Florida Community Heath Centers, supervise the operation of four dental clinics around lake Okeechobee. He established his dental practice in West Palm Beach in 1983 and has been in the same location for 30 years. He is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the Central Palm Beach County Dental Society and a chairman of the Advanced Crown and Bridge course of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic. His articles on prosthodontics and implants have been published in several popular dental magazines.

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