Three million adults in the United States have dental implants according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the numbers are rising each year by about 500,000. A dental implant is the best way to replace a missing tooth according to Dr. Martin Abelar, DDS, a leading cosmetic and restorative dentist in the San Diego area.
"When a tooth is lost the only way to keep the jaw bone strong and the other teeth from shifting to fill the space is with an implant because it fills the space all the way into the root," Abelar said. "Many people don’t realize that over time, the bone loss associated with a missing tooth can even cause premature aging as the jaw bone plays a big part in our facial structure."
According to the American Association of Endodontists, the success rate for dental implant placement is well above 90 percent. Although implant failure isn’t common, the reasons for it include rejection from the jawbone, failure to connect with the jawbone, nerve or tissue damage, allergic reaction and infection. The most common of the causes is infection also called peri-implantitis says Abelar.