Dental Implants Success Rates

dental-implants2Dental implants are successful and the best way to replace a lost tooth.  The studies show a five-year success rate of 95 percent for lower jaw implants and 90 percent for upper jaw implants.[1]  The lower back jaw has the highest success rate because of greater bone density.  Given the complexity of the procedure, there are many variables that can play into its success rate.

The factors that impact success are pre-existing health conditions[2] and the location of the missing tooth.

Pre-existing Conditions:

  • Smokers[3]
  • Diabetes
  • Hemophilia
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Rare instances of chronic bruxism

As I have noted in other articles the value of implants is significant with respect to bone retention and actual functionality, and they are not susceptible to the formation of cavities.  So as long as one engages in good oral hygiene, i.e. brushing, flossing, and regular hygiene procedures, the chances of inflammation or swelling of the tissues surrounding the implant should be avoidable.

Key factors in minimizing dental implant complications are the selection of an experienced prosthodontist and periodontist (or oral surgeon) who specialize in implant dentistry, careful pre-operative treatment planning and proper after-care and oral hygiene.   One of the benefits of our Sandy Springs multi-specialist practice is everything is under one roof including periodontal after-care.  If you would like to know whether you are a candidate for implants please feel free to call for a free consultation.


Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328


[1] The success rate for upper jaw implants is lower because the upper jaw is less dense than the lower jaw, making the success of implantation and osseo-integration slightly more difficult to achieve.

[2] Dental or Global health issues.

[3] Given how expensive implants can be, one risks wasting money on dental implants if you can’t give up the habit.


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