Understanding Dental Implant Statistics

By Dr. Damon on December 10, 2018

Three dental implants with dental crowns attached on a blue backgroundDental implants have become the preferred way to recreate teeth. The dental implant, a titanium post, is surgically embedded into the jaw and fuses with the bone over 3-6 months depending on the situation. This process is called osseointegration. A dental crown, bridge, or denture is then attached to the implant, providing the restoration with unsurpassed strength and durability.

Dr. Clark Damon and Dr. Kari Blankenship at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center in Fort Worth, TX have provided dental implant statistics in this blog post. Read on to better understand why this method of tooth replacement has become so popular.

Statistics on Missing Teeth

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in at least one jaw, if not both.

Another 15 million people Americans are either missing one tooth or they have consecutive missing teeth that have been replaced with a dental bridge.

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69 percent of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth already.

As we increase in age, we are more likely to lose more teeth. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reports that by the age of 74, 26 percent of adults will have lost all of their permanent teeth. If you would like a breakdown of the statistics and the demographics of tooth loss , the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has posted a good breakdown here

Implant Market Statistics

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, about 3 million American have received a dental implant.

In 2015, the total value of the dental implant market in the United States was $1.4 billion, according to Statistica.

The combined dental implant and dental prosthetic market in the United States is projected to top $6.4 billion by 2018.

Implant Success Rates

The success rate of dental implants has been reported in scientific literature as 98 percent, per the Journal of Oral Implantology. This is higher than success rates for root canal therapies and other traditional dental services. Did you know that dental crowns are reported to be 50%-80% successful over 10 years! Implants are significantly more successful. 

When fitted properly, an implant can last for decades, often a lifetime. Alternatively, the lifespan for a traditional set of dentures may be as few as seven years.

Additionally, the healthy teeth used to anchor a traditional bridge have about a 30 percent failure rate in the next five to seven years due to tooth structure alterations. Since healthy teeth adjacent to missing teeth are not altered for implant placement, this is not a problem with implant-retained restorations.

Other Implant Benefits

Besides having high success rates and decades of durability, implants boast other key advantages over other forms of tooth replacement. For instance:

  • With Implants you can eat what ever you want! They are just like natural teeth in function. 
  • Implants stimulate the jawbone and halt jawbone deterioration
  • Implant-supported restorations function just like real teeth
  • Implant-supported dentures are completely reliable so patients can feel confident when speaking and chewing

Learn More about Dental Implants Today

If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be eligible for dental implants. Learn more about this revolutionary tooth-replacement method by reaching out to our practice today. You can speak to a team member by calling us at 817 336 2121. We also have an online form you can fill out and we will get back to you shortly.

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