Mundt T, Schwahn C, Hotz W, Biffar R
Poster # 0396 University of Greifswald 2005
The 10-year-survival of 91.8 % from a dentist´s private practice demonstrated positive results similar to those achieved in university clinics using various implant systems. Mandibular implants in the anterior region were most successful, while posterior maxillary implants showed the highest failure rate. Not only current but also former smokers had more implant failures compared to non-smokers. Higher failure rates even in former smokers and a dose/ response effect between smoking duration and implant failures point to permanent tissue damage taking place due to smoking, in addition to immediate local and systemic effects of cigarette compounds. Therefore, dental implants are indicated with restrictions in smokers who have smoked for many years.