The longevity of dental implants

The duration and success of dental implants depend on several factors, among them is the care of hygiene oral that you have, as well quality materials, treatment and follow-up.

Gösta Larsson, of Gothenburg, Sweden, was the first patient being treated with implants by the Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark in 1965.  When Larsson died in 2006, he still had his implants in place and were fully operational for more than forty years.

The second patient, of Brånemark, Sven Johansson, also from Gothenburg, received his implants in 1967.  The teeth Sven had lost were restored with two complete arches of gold / acrylic supported by a total of 11 Brånemark System dental implants in the upper and lower jaw. This system was later improved by Nobel Biocare, and until today continues being the system of implants more scientifically documented in the world.

Brånemark System is today synonymous with the revolutionary concept of osseointegration, which introduced the treatments of implants safe and effective in modern dentistry. Implants Brånemark System are used clinically since the year of 1965.

Like so many other members of his generation, Sven had problems with his teeth at an early age, and by age 40, he was completely toothless. The prosthetic solution usual at that time, in the 60’s, was the treatment with complete dentures. The dentures did not adjusted to Sven and he experienced large problems like difficulty to eat and he felt unsafe in many social situations.

The experience that the professionals have acquired since the cases of Gösta Larsson and Sven Johansson, have served to teach that success of dental implants is based on a good relationship between the patient and the dentist, where the number and frequency of visits must be constant and adapt to the different stages of life.

It is essential to create the conditions for a good oral hygiene through appropriate design of anchored bone and prosthetic reconstructions. A good occlusion and articulation are also important requirements for optimum loading of implants and essential to the longevity of the dental implant.