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Important Facts About Dental Implants

Posted by Howard M. Steinberg, DMD, MDS

Learn Important Facts about Dental Implants

Dental implants are now considered the “standard of care” for tooth loss. A dental implant resembles a small screw, typically 3.0 mm to 5.0 mm in diameter. They function as stable anchors for prosthetic replacement teeth. Dental implants are usually made of titanium — a very strong, biocompatible element that integrates well with bone tissue. Some dental implants are constructed of ceramic or other biocompatible materials. Dental implants provide a very stable anchor for prosthetic dental crowns, a bridge of prosthetic teeth or a full-arch denture. Learn five (5) important facts about dental implants.

If you wear dentures, chances are you’re not very happy with them. While we can make dentures that fit and look natural, most patients have a hard time becoming accustomed to dentures. Many complain about gum irritation and swelling. Conventional dentures often cover a portion of your palate, making food difficult to taste. After wearing dentures for a year or more, they won’t fit as well as they originally did. The loose attachment of a conventional denture can also reduce chewing capacity. Unfortunately, little can be done with conventional dentures that will make them more comfortable or reliable. Dental implants are a more comfortable and reliable solution for tooth loss.

Fact 1: Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss

Treatment options such as standard dentures and bridges actually accelerate bone loss, giving you that “sunken in look.” Not so with dental implants. Clinical research shows that dental implants may actually help to prevent or slow loss of bone in the jaw, helping to preserve both your appearance and your overall health.

Fact 2: Dental Implants Have a High Success Rate

Modern dental implants are one of the most advanced and successful treatments available to replace lost or missing teeth. The success rate of modern dental implants has been measured since the early 1980s. Single tooth dental implant success rate is above 98%, while implant supported bridges or dentures have a 95% success rate over a ten-year period.

Fact 3: Dental Implants do not Restrict Diet

Dental implants allow you to eat anything you want. Unlike dentures that can shift from side to side when chewing certain foods, dental implants keep your teeth firmly in place. In fact, conventional denture wearers often have a restrictive diet and decreased nutritional intake. It is estimated that 30% of denture wearers can only eat soft foods.

Fact 4: Dental Implants are a Long-Term Solution

Dental implants offer a long-term solution for tooth loss. Conventional dentures and partials often need to be replaced or realigned. Studies show that within a five-year period only about 40% of patients are still wearing the original partial or denture made for them. When cared for properly, dental implants can last 20 years or more.

Fact 5: Dental Implants Preserve Bite Force

Unlike conventional dentures and partials, dental implants preserve bite force. With natural teeth, a person can bite down with about 200 pounds of force. With dentures, your bite force drops to approximately fifty (50) pounds. After wearing dentures for several years, a person’s bite force may be reduced to as little as six (6) pounds. This reduction in bite force can seriously alter your diet.


When considering dental implants, it helps to know the facts. Dental implants are superior to conventional dentures and partials for the replacement of lost or missing teeth. They do much more than just improve your smile. Dental implants prevent the loss of bone, preserving your jaw and facial structure. Dental implants allow you to eat the foods you enjoy, improving nutritional intake and prolonging your life. Unlike conventional dentures, dental implants preserve bite force. With dental implants, you can chew and speak with greater ease and confidence.