25 Years of Implant Placement

The clinical application of dental implants is one of the most significant advances in dentistry.However the decision to replace a tooth with an implant should not be made hastily. As seen in clinical practice, biologic complications around dental implants do occur and treatment of peri-implantitis is not as predictable as treating complications associated with teeth.

The question remains on the true long-term longevity of dental implants. Patients need to be informed and consented on the risk/benefit and cost/benefit factors associated with their treatment plans.

New challenges arise with new procedures, overcoming challenges with new surgical and prosthetic protocols and new implant designs may prevent challenges from becoming complications.