More Americans favor dental implants as an option for replacing missing teeth, according to an American Dental Association (ADA) survey, revealing a near tripling of implant procedures over a 10-year period.
The average yearly number of dental implants, surgically placed by dentists, increased to 51.5 implants in 1997 compared with 1986's 17.7 implants, according to the 2,983 dentists responding to the survey in late 1997 and early 1998. The random-sample survey, conducted by the ADA's Survey Center, included ADA members and non-members.
When comparing dental implant activities by specialty, oral and maxillofacial surgeons increased the most, to an average of 62.4 implants in 1996 from 34.3 implants in 1992. Periodontists climbed to 71 implants from 62.4 implants and general practitioners rose to 21 implants from 17.2 implants during the same period, the ADA said.
The survey also showed that 12% of the responding dentists reported they had surgically placed a dental implant. When analyzed by specialty, 97.5% of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, 64.1% of periodontists, 31.8% of prosthodontists and 8.8% of general practitioners said they had performed dental implant procedures, according to the ADA.