The need to replace lost teeth with as natural successors
has meant that dental implants are gaining popularity. However Dr Andrew
Spector, a specialist in dental implants says that public awareness of these
implants is low and needs to increase.
He said that while people think implants fix all
problems, there is always a risk of infection, inflammation and failure. For
example heavy smokers are not the best candidates for implants as smoking
reduces the chances of implant success by 30 percent.
Dental Economics reports that standards of dental
implants have improved significantly and these days there is a 96% success
rate. But Dr Spector said that patients need to be educated before making any
"This includes taking an objective look at certain
implant procedures that are being aggressively marketed today," he added.
Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has said that by the age of 35
to 44, most Americans lost at least one tooth to decay, gum disease or an
accident. Therefore the need of implantation exists, but realistic expectations
have to be encouraged.