Frequently Asked Questions

What is the failure rate for dental implants?

Those who smoke, have diabetes, undergo head or neck radiation therapy or hormone replacement therapy have increased failure rates. A study conducted by UCLA school of dentistry that tested longevity over a twenty year period for dental implants found that implants placed in the upper jaw have a failure rate of around 8% while implants placed in the lower jaw have a failure rate around 5%. This is where picking the best treatment is so essential. Some patients consider getting extra implants placed in their mouth to help combat this low, but noteworthy failure rate. Consider the teeth to be fancy china on a table and the four legs of the table are four implants. If one leg breaks, the table collapses and the valued china shatters. By adding extra support, like an extra implant, a therapy's success rate can increase tremendously without the need for further surgery.