A 29 year study of patients treated with dental implants and full arch prostheses at the Mayo Clinic has been published. The statistics point to the overwhelming fact that dental implants can be a successful long term treatment solution for tooth loss. The overall survival rates at 20 years were 92% for the implants and 86% for the prostheses. Over half of the patients (58%) needed some type of prosthetic retreatment or maintenance, with the most common prosthetic retreatment required being replacement of broken screws. 9% of patients experienced implant failure, necessitating change of the prosthesis.
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