With all the recent advances in dental implants, patients should expect their implants to remain in function for many years. The individual success rate for an implant is determined in part by a number of factors that may include the overall health of the patient, the amount and quality of the existing bone when the implant was placed, the type of restoration placed and the patient's hygiene or maintenance program.
Even given the excellent success rate of dental implants, occasionally a problem may arise. If a dental implant needs to be removed it can usually be replaced once the bone in the area has healed. In general, implants have proven to be a reliable treatment alternative for patients with missing teeth and they have ability to significantly improve the patient's the quality of life while restoring their physical well being.