Just like any other involved dental procedure, there are risks associated with dental implants. However, those risks are incredibly uncommon. For example, if your body rejects the dental implant, it may need to be removed. In general, the dental implant success rate is higher than 95%. Some people, such as people who smoke or chew tobacco, may be at higher risk of dental implant rejection, but if you communicate well and work together with your dentist to reduce your risks, implant surgery can still be successful even for patients who aren’t ideal candidates.
The most common cause of dental implant rejection is peri-implantitis, which is essentially the implant-related version of periodontitis — while periodontitis is an infection of the gum tissue surrounding a tooth, peri-implantitis is the infection of the tissue surrounding a dental implant. However, peri-implantitis is fairly easy to prevent by maintaining good oral hygiene habits. And even if it is contracted, it is easy to treat and usually does not result in loss of the implant.