Many patients ask us what the success rate is for dental implant surgery, meaning the percentage of dental implants that end up permanently integrating to the bone in the patient’s jaw. While it is difficult to come up with a single percentage that covers the entire population, there are several factors that affect the implant success rate.

1. Smoking. Smoking is a factor that significantly impairs healing and decreases chances of implant success. If you are a smoker and are considering dental implants, it is in your best interest to cease smoking 6 months prior to implant surgery in order to increase your chances for a permanent result. If you are in the East Bay Area, there is free support available to those who would like to quit.

2. Bones. Solid, healthy bones are also typically a necessary indication to perform dental implant surgery. If it is determined that your bones are not sufficient to support a dental implant, there are several types of bone grafting procedures available to bulk up the bone and make implant placement a possibility for you.

3. Staging. The staging of the surgery is also another key factor. Recent studies suggest that staging the surgery in more than one procedure by extracting the tooth, waiting several months for the post extraction site to heal, and then placing the implant increases the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Not everyone poses the same risk of failure by staging the implant surgery in only 1 stage. When you choose an implant provider, be sure he or she evaluates your anatomy to determine a treatment plan that will allow you the best possible and longest lasting outcome.

4. Diet. How you eat after implant surgery plays a role in your implant’s osseointegration as well. It is recommended that patients maintain a soft food diet and to try to avoid chewing in the area of surgery for 3 months after implant surgery, or as directed by your surgeon. Keeping a healthy, well-balanced diet is also good for your overall health, and will aid in the healing process.

5. Hygiene. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene as a part of post implant surgery care. Brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly will help reduce the chances of an infection developing and compromising the integrity of your implant.