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The dental practice of Dr Antoine Diss, Dental Surgeon in Nice


455 Promenade des Anglais – Immeuble Nice Premier 06200 Nice

What is a dental implant?

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07 June 2016 08:18

What is a dental implant?

In the same way as for a natural tooth, it is difficult to predict the lifespan of an implant as this depends on a large number of factors.

How does surgery proceed?

According to various published studies, implants seem to be more durable than bridges or removable prostheses.

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The following factors affect the success of implant treatment:

  • quality and balance of the prosthetic teeth on the implant.
  • distribution of forces in the implant.
  • bone quality.
  • patient’s oral and dental hygiene.
  • how frequently check-ups are performed.


There are some very interesting studies about the long-term success rate of the treatment, for example the 2006 study by Lekholm et al.:

  • The study was conducted over a period of 20 years.
  • Implant survival rate was 91% at 20 years.
  • In other words, a patient who has implants has a 9 in 10 chance of still having the same implants and implant prostheses in 20 years’ time.
  • Implant treatment is the most reliable prosthetic treatment in many situations.


What are the risks and complications?

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  • The majority of complications occur in the first few months of healing and osseointegration. This is often due to deficient osseointegration as a result of fibrous tissue interposition.
  • The implant is mobile and painful.
  • It has to be taken out under local anaesthetic.
  • A new implant can generally be re-mounted a few weeks or months after healing has taken place.

Remember

Dental implants are a proven and reliable technique.

There are few contraindications to surgery.