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Biomedical Research

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Research Article - Biomedical Research (2018) Volume 29, Issue 3

What is the survival rate of dental implants in Turkey? A systematic review

Fatih Cabbar1, Muammer Çağrı Burdurlu1, Nevzat Sezer Işiksaçan1, Berkem Atalay2 and Gonca DuyguÇapar3

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Yeditepe, Bagdat cd No:238, Goztepe, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey

2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Istanbul, Turgut Ozal cd No:118, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

3Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Trakya, Balkan Yerleskesi, Edirne, Turkey

*Corresponding Author:
Assistant Professor
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Faculty of Dentistry
University of Yeditepe, Turkey

Accepted on November 04, 2017

DOI: 10.4066/biomedicalresearch.29-17-1586

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the failures of dental implants in Turkey and to investigate the complications, which may lead to implant loss.

Study Design: The Systematic review was performed in accordance with PRISMA statement and Cochrane guidelines. PubMed, Google Scholar, Cochrane Library, TUBITAK ULAKBIM databases were searched for both in English and Turkish up to 2015. Data on implant failure, demographic variables and outcomes were included. Nonclinical and animal reports were excluded. Search was conducted by two authors and conflicts were resolved by a third reader.

Results: Seventeen reports were satisfied the inclusion criteria. In total, 1764 (51.19% female and 48.81% male) participants were included. A total of 4487 implants were used. Total implant success was 97.48% (61 early and 52 late failures) in a follow-up period for 42.71 ± 33.78 months. The failure reasons were infection (38.9%), lack of osseointegration (44.4%), implant fractures (5.8%), periimplantitis (1.76%), sensory disturbances (2.65%).

Conclusion: Immediate and late implantation has similar failure rates and failure rates may increase with time. Implants have similar survival rates with the literature in Turkey region as well. It was observed that few reports with limited data were reported considering the high number of implants placed in the Turkey.


Dental implant, Failure rates, Systematic review


Oral rehabilitation with dental implants is a well-documented procedure. Since osseointegration was first described by Branemark et al. [1], dental implants are being used with all kinds of prosthesis as well as a maxillofacial prosthesis. In later years treatment with dental implants has been examined in many long-term clinical studies, focusing primarily on implant survival [2-4]. The current literature shows high implant success rates ranging from 90% to 97% [5]. However, the terms survival and success are generating confusions and used incorrectly even in many academic studies [4]. There are many studies on success and survival rates of implants because of the large number of variables, such as surgical techniques, prosthetic variations, materials used, patient-related factors and follow-up periods. In addition, there were different protocols and criteria reported for the definition of implant success and survival, and there is no consensus or international standardization [3,6-11].

Despite the high success or survival rates, failures may occur [3]. Failure is determined when the performance of a dental implant falls below a particular level [12]. Dental implant failures may originate from different epidemiological causes and can be biological, mechanical, iatrogenic or due to insufficient patient adaptation. Failures are classified as early and late failures. If the failure occurs before osseointegration and at the time of the abutment connection, it is considered as an early failure; if it occurs after osseointegration, during occlusal loading, then it is regarded as a late failure [12-14]. There were different causes of failures reported for early and late implant failures. While early failures were mostly related to lack of osseointegration caused by soft tissue involvement between implant and bone, infection, different kinds of traumas, delayed healing or insufficient osseointegration period and insufficient keratinized gingival width, the late failures are a result of breakdown of osseointegration by reasons such as, trauma, restorative principles, infection or mechanical complications [14-17].

Dental implants are being used for more than 20 years in the Turkey Republic. The assumed dental implant placement is about 350,000 annually, which is about 4% of the total population, and it is increasing [18]. However, there isn’t any review, which examines the failure rates of implants, exist for this region. The purpose of this study is to examine failure rates of dental implants in Turkey and to investigate the complications, which may lead to implant loss.


This systematic review was performed in accordance with the PRISMA statement (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-analyses) [19] and Cochrane guidelines. The clinical questions were divided and categorized according to the PICO strategy (Participant, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) (Table 1).

Participants Generally healthy patients with total or partially edentulous dental arches
Interventions Dental implants, single or multiple implants, implant supported prosthesis
Comparison Outcomes Cumulative survival of dental implants, incidence of implant-related complications
Study Design Randomized controlled trial, prospective cohort study, retrospective cohort study.
Language: English and Turkish; The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the survival and failure rates of dental implants in Turkey.

Table 1. PICOS (Participants, Interventions, Comparisons, Outcomes, Study Design).


The research question was ‘What is the survival rate of dental implants in Turkey?’ The main objective of this review was to fill the gap in the literature related to the clinical applications of dental implants and their common complications in Turkey region. This data would be useful for both clinicians and academicians for further studies and making decisions in treatment modalities.

Search Strategy

PubMed/MEDLINE, Google Scholar, Cochrane Library and TUBITAK ULAKBIM DergiPark databases were searched for relevant articles published in Both English and Turkish with no date restriction up to 2015 with the keywords Dental Implant, Failure, Survival, Success, Turkey and Turkish in different combinations.

The inclusion criteria were; papers in English or Turkish, published in peer review journals, which reported dental implant failures. The articles related to human subjects. For this review, the implant failure was regarded as the total loss of the dental implant.

The exclusion criteria were: papers written in other languages, animal studies, in vitro studies, implants performed with maxillary sinus floor augmentation procedures, distraction osteogenesis, bone blocks or implants performed with bone grafts, non-oral implants and case reports and reviews.The literature search was conducted by two independent authors (FC and MCB). The abstracts were first analysed. The papers were extracted according to the exclusion criteria from abstracts and full-text articles. All duplicates were removed. Two authors independently judged articles and collect the data before a decision was made and conflicts, if any was resolved by analyses of a third reader (GDC).

From each paper included, relevant demographic and outcome data were extracted such as year of publication, the number of patients, gender, mean patient age, the number of implants performed, mean follow-up, surgical procedure, and outcomes, type of implant loading, the number of implant failures, failure times and reasons. The failure of the implant regarded as the total loss of the implant.

Quality Analysis

For increasing the reliability and to evaluate the risk of bias, the analyses of quality of the included studies were done, as in the study conducted by Moraschini et al. [4]. The methodology used was proposed by Nguyen et al. [20] combined with Needleman guide [21] and the Cochrane recommendations [22]. Table 2 shows the criteria assessed with their potential scores. When these scores added together, they generate a maximum score of 16 points. A score of >12 was regarded as low, a score between 10 and 12 was regarded as moderate and <10 was regarded as high.

Criteria Maximum score
Sample size 2
 Studies with samples <100 participants=1
 Studies with samples ≥ 100 participants=2
Follow-up time 2
 Studies without a period of follow-up=1
 Studies with a period of follow-up=2
Selection criteria 2
 Selection criteria not mentioned or poorly defined=1
 Selection criteria well defined=2
Description of population 1
 Studies that did not make available the age or gender of patients=0
 Studies that made available the age and gender of patients=1
Available statistical methods 2
 Studies that did not make available the statistical methods used=0
 Studies that made available the statistical method used, but did not describe them clearly=1
 Studies that made available the statistical method used, and described them clearly=2
Criteria of success 1
 Studies that used a scale of success for evaluation of implants and described it=1
Description of objectives 2
 Objective of study undefined=1
 Objective of study clearly defined=2
Randomized study 1
 Randomized clinical trials (RCT)
Number of implants evaluated 2
 Studies with samples <100 implants=1
 Studies with samples ≥ 100 implants=2
Conclusions 1

Table 2. Criteria for quality analyses.

Statistical Analyses

After evaluation of the included articles, considerable heterogeneity was present in the study designs, therefore it was not possible to perform reliable meta-analyses. Because of this, descriptive type of methods such as; mean, standard deviation, frequency, percent, and distribution, were used. The statistical analyses performed by NCSS (Number Cruncher Statistical System) 2007 Statistical software (Utah, USA) program.


The initial search yielded 454 titles in Medline/Pubmed, Cochrane Library and Google Scholar and 333 titles in TUBITAK ULAKBİM DergiPark. After the initial evaluation, 121 papers were selected. After careful reading 104 articles were excluded and remaining 17 articles were included in this review [3,11,23-37]. The included studies were published between 2003 and 2015. The process for study selection and screening and the reasons for exclusion are shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1: Search strategy and screening process.

A total of 17 papers reported the implant failure were included in this review. Details of the studies were listed in Table 3a and 3b. The mean follow-up time was 42.71 ± 33.78 months (Min: 12, Max: 120). Eleven prospective studies and 6 retrospective studies were included. The studies included 1764 patients with a mean age of 46.78 ± 7.39 years (between 18 and 80 years). Of these patients 903 (51.19%) were female and 725 were male (48.81%).

17 articles; Number of total patients 1764
Female 903 (51.19%)
Male 725 (48.81%)
Mean age 46.78 ± 7.39 (Min: 18; Max: 80)
Number of implants 4487
Maxilla 2074 (46.22%)
Mandible 2455 (53.78%)
Follow-up 42.71 ± 33.78 (Min: 12; Max: 120)
Implant fracture 4 (0.09%)
Early implant failure 61 (53.98%)
Late implant failure 52 (46.02%)
Total implant failure 113 (2.52%)
Survival rate 97.48%

Table 3a. Demographic data and the analyses of implant failure included in 17 articles.

Author Year Study Design & Follow-up time No. Of Participants & Gender Age range Mean Age Number of implants & implant system Place of implantation Healing period for loading (months) Timing of implantation Early failure Late failure Place of Failure
Ozkan et al. 2007 Prospective Cohort 3 years 63 (25M/ 38 F) 18-63 46,9, 46 ± 9 203 (105 Straumann, 53 Camlog, 45 Frialit) Maxilla 91 Mandible 112 Mandible 3, Maxilla 6 Late implantation 1 Straumann implant, Female patient (infection) NR
Gulsahi et al. 2007 Prospective Cohort 12 month 14 (5M/9F) 23-59 41,1 28 (Frialit) Maxilla 28 Mandible 0 6 Late implantation 5 Frialite implant (lack of Osseointegration) 5 Maxilla
Soydan et al. 2013 Prospective Cohort, 51,6 months early implantation, 61,9-month immediate implantation 36 (16M/20F) NR 55,7 ± 28,5 50 (Straumann) Maxilla 33 Mandible 17 Mandibula 2, Maksilla 4 26 immediate implantations, 24 one month after extraction 1 Straumann implant NR
Simsek et. Al. 2003 Prospective Cohort 7 months 20 (NR) NR 70 (NR) NR NR Immediate implantation 6 implants (4 had previous periodontitis, 2 had periapical infection 4 Maxilla, 2 Mandible
Akın et al. 2009 Prospective Cohort 24 months 32 (14M/18F) 19-62 NR 106 (29 Straumann, +7 Miss, !8 Biolok, 12 Biotech) NR NR Late implantation 1 implant neck fracture NR
Eltas et al. 2013 Prospective Cohort 16 months 79 (34M/45F) 20-78 45,19 193 (Straumann, Xive) Maxilla 87 Mandible 106 Mandibula 3, Maxilla 6 Late implantation 5 implant (periimplantitis) 1 implant neck fracture (16 months later) NR
Celebi et al. 2012 Retrospective Cohort 24 months 168 (72M/96F) 18-80 44 549 (Straumann) Maxilla 271 Mandible 278 NR 542 Late implantation, 8 immediate implantation 2 Straumann implant (1 performed in extraction socket which implant threads were exposed, 1 performed by internal sinus lifting) 1 strauman implant NR
Bolukbası et al. 2013 Prospective Cohort 3 months 150 (93M/57F) 29.03 ± 5,47 33,98 ± 4,57 34,48 ± 5,58 (3 groups) 403 (NR) NR NR Late implantation 3 implant failure 2 implant failure NR
Bilhan et al. 2012 Retrospective Cohort 24 months 89 (36M/53F) 59,63 ± 9,62, 54,97 ± 12,24 (2 groups) 278 (126 Astra Tech, 71 Straumann, 51 Biolok, 30 Zimmer) NR NR Late implantation 6 implant failure 3 implant failure 6 Maxilla, 3 Mandible
Piskin et al. 2010 Retrospective Cohort, Multi centered, 4 years 116 (NR) NR 204 (NR) Maxilla 97 Mandible 107 NR Late implantation 1 implant fracture (2 years) NR
Bilhan et al. 2011 Retrospective Cohort, 3 years 117 (45M/72F) NR 46,94 165 (31 Astra Tech, 79 Straumann, 34 Biolok, 21 Xive) Maxilla 88 Mandible 77  4-06 İmmediate implantaiton 9 implant failure 1 implant failure 3 mandible, 7 maxilla
Atalay et al. 2013 Retrospective Cohort, 5 years 72 (28M/44F) 22-74 NR 110 (NR) Maxilla 60 Mandible 50 3 immediate implantation 4 implant failure 1 implant failure (periimplantitis) NR
Güncü et al. 2008 Prospective Cohort, 12 months 12 (4M/8F) 30-55 41,09 ± 8,46 24 (Branemark) Maxilla 0 Mandible 24 0-3 Late implantation. 1 (early loading) 1 Mandible
Arısan et al. 2010 Retrospective Cohort, 9,1 years 139 (66M/73F) 21-80 55,3 316 (235 Straumann, 81 Xive) Maxilla 161 Mandible 155 Mandible 3, Maxilla 6 Late implantation 16 implant failure (3 removed because of paresthesia, 2 infection, 4 lack of osseointegration with gingival exposure, 7 lack of integration without symptoms) 2 implant failure (1 aggressive bone loss at first year, 1 periimplantitis after 50 months) NR
Geckili et al. 2014 Retrospective Cohort, 10 years 616 (269M/347F) 52,7 ± 13,59 1656 (Strauman, Astra tech, Biohorizon) Maxilla 656 Mandible 1000 NR NR 38 implant failure (9 between 1-3 years, 11 between 3-5 years, 18 more than 5 years p<0.05) 22 mandible, 16 maxilla
Karabuda et al. 2011 Prospective Cohort, 15 months 22 (7M/15F) 24-58 46,68 96 (48 Straumann, 48 Straumann SLA) NR Mandible 8, Maxilla 12 Late implantation 1 (SLA group) 1 maxilla
Turkyılmaz Ilser 2006 Prospective Cohort, 3 years 19 (11M/8F) 20-55 39 ± 10,5 36 (Branemark) Maxilla 36 Mandible 0 1 Late implantation 2 implant failure 2 maxilla

Table 3b. Details of the studies included in this review. F: Female; M: Male; NR: Not Reported.

A total of 4487 dental implants were performed in these patients. There were 9 different commercial brands of implants used: ITI, (Straumann AG, Waldenburg, Switzerland), Astra Tech (Astra Tech AB, Mölndal, Sweden), Biolock (Biolock International Inc, Deerfield Beach, Fla), Brånemark System (Nobel Biocare AB, Göteborg, Sweden), Frialit (Friatecü Mannheim, Germany), Mis (Mis Implant Tech, Savion Israel), Zimmer (Carlsbad, CA, USA), Biohorizon (Biohorizon, Birmingham, AL, USA), Xive (Dentsply Friadent, Mannheim, Germany). Of these implants performed, 2074 (%46.22) were in the maxilla and 2413 (%53.78) were in the mandible.

Quality Assessment

The scoring of the articles for assessing the potential risk of bias was shown in Table 4. As a result of quality analyses, 8 studies were classified as having a low risk of bias [3,23,30-36], 8 studies were classified as moderate [11,24-29,33,37] and only 1 study was classified as having a high bias risk [25]. Due to having a brief explanation about implant failure, the only study having a high risk of bias was not excluded from the study.

Author Sample Size Follow-up Selection criteria Description of population Statistical methods described Criteria of success Descriptive of objectives Randomized study Implant number Conclusions Total Bias Potential
Ozkan et al. 1 2 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 1 13 Low
Gulsahi et al. 1 2 2 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 12 Moderate
Soydan et al. 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 1 1 12 Moderate
Simsek et al. 1 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 9 High
Akın et al. 1 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 10 Moderate
Eltas et al. 2012 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 0 2 1 11 Moderate
Celebi et al. 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 10 Moderate
Bolukbası et al. 2 2 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 1 12 Moderate
Bilhan et al. 1 2 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 1 13 Low
Piskin et al. 2 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 1 13 Low
Bilhan et al. 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 2 1 15 Low
Atalay et al. 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 10 Moderate
Güncü et al. 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 1 1 13 Low
Arısan et al. 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 2 1 15 Low
Geckili et al. 2 2 2 0 2 1 2 0 2 1 14 Low
Karabuda et al. 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 1 1 13 Low
Turkyılmaz Ilser. 1 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 11 Moderate

Table 4. Quality analyses of the studies included in this review.

Evaluation of Implant Failures

In eleven of these studies [23-31,34-37], implants placed in healed sockets according to standard principles [38]. In 3 articles implants were placed immediately [25,32,33]. In a study implants were placed both immediately and in healed sockets [28]. In one study implants were placed both immediately and 1 month after extraction [11]. One study did not report any implantation time [3].

Eleven of the articles included in this study used several criteria of success such as Albrektson et al. [8], Misch et al. [7], Zarb and Albrektsson [9]. The remaining others just evaluated the total loss of the implant. All 17 studies reported implant failures. The mean percentage of implant failure was 2.52% (113 implants), which shows a total survival rate of 97.48% (4374). Of these failures, 52 (46.02%) were lost after loading (late failure), whereas 61 (53.98%) were lost before loading (early failure). Three failed implants of the late-failure group were placed immediately, whereas 11 of the implants were placed in healed sockets. Twenty of the failed implants, in early failure group, were placed immediately, whereas 40 were placed in healed sockets. The other studies didn’t report the implantation time for the failed implants. Distribution of the failed implants according to the jaws were; 41 maxillae and 31 mandibles, which makes a total of 72 implants. The other studies didn’t report any information for the remaining 41 failures. In the early failure group, the reasons for the failure of 25 of implants were not reported. The mentioned findings for implant failures in early failure group were, 14 infections (6 had the previous infection such as periodontitis and periapical infection), 16 lack of osseointegration (7 had no symptoms), 1 bone perforation during surgery, 1 implant placement with sinus lifting, 1 early loading, and 3 paresthesia (in 2 patients, both recovered at the end of 1 year). In the late-failure group, 45 of the implants’ failure reason was not reported. The findings reported in the late failure group were, 1 implant body fracture, 1 immediate loading, 2 implant neck fracture, 2 periimplantitis and 1 aggressive bone loss without infection.


The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the survival and failure rates of dental implants in Turkey by means of investigating studies reported data on this subject. Regarding the methodology of this review, following inclusion/exclusion criteria and quality analyses, 770 papers were excluded. Randomized controlled trials are regarded as one of the most reliable studies for clinical practice. Therefore, the most preferred study design for systematic reviews is randomized controlled trials [39]. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any randomized controlled trial that met the criteria of inclusion. Remaining articles included in this systematic review were retrospective and prospective studies. The absence of randomized controlled trials may increase the risk of bias. Therefore, quality analysis was done for included studies. Only one study had a high risk of bias [25]. However, it was reported that narrowing the inclusion criteria increases the homogeneity of the data [40]. Regarding the brief data about implant failure of that study, authors decided to include it in the present review considering inclusion criteria.

The present review showed a mean failure rate of 2.52%, which leads to 97.48% survival rate, for a total number of 4487 dental implants in 17 studies, with a follow-up period of 42.71 ± 33.78 months. Although it is still under debate, for proper analyses of the survival rate of implants, at least 5 years of follow-up is mandatory [41-43]. There were 3 studies which had a follow-up period longer than 5 years in this review. In those studies, the survival rates were 95.45% with immediate implantation for a follow-up for 5 years [33], 94.3% with late implantation for a follow-up for 9.1 years [35], and 93.8% for a follow-up for 10 years (the implantation time was not reported) [3]. In a systematic review conducted by Moraschini et al., a mean survival rate of 91.2% was reported for studies longer than 20 years [4]. In two other reviews, implant survival rates were reported 97.5% up to 5 years [39] and 96.5% for 1583 implant for a follow-up of 5 years [44]. Regarding this data Moraschini et al. suggested that survival rates of implants are decreasing over time [4]. However, another meta-analysis, which studied effects of smoking on success of implants, suggested that the rate of implant failure does not increase with time [45] In the present review, the survival rate of studies with a follow-up shorter than 5 years was 97.83%, which is higher than studies with a follow-up period longer than 5 years. This finding is in line with the previous review that there might be a slight decrease in the survival rates of dental implants over time [4].

There were controversial findings reported in the literature about the incidence of early and late failures. In a 19 years follow-up retrospective study conducted by Han. et al., a higher number of early failures were observed (57.3%) than late failures, which is supported by other studies [14,46,47]. However, opposite findings were also reported [17,48]. These different findings between studies can be related to different variables, including implant systems, the level of experience, and patient characteristics [14,49,50]. Approximately 113 (2.52%) implant failures were observed in this review for a total of 4487 implants. Of these failures, 61 (53.98%) occurred before loading, while 52 (46.02%) were late failures and occurred after loading. Therefore, a higher number of implants were lost before loading in this review. It should be noted that there were only 3 studies had a follow-up period more than 5 year in this review, and that 41 of the implants in late failure group were observed in those studies [3,33,35]. In addition, 38 of the late failures were seen only in one study with a followup of 10 years and 18 of those implants were lost in more than 5 years [3], which may be supporting that late failure rate increases with time.

It was reported that the most common causes of early implant failures were bone necrosis due to overheating, bacterial contamination, insufficient bone quality, micro-movement of the implant and early loading [51]. Twenty-five of the implants in early failure group had no failure reason reported, but 14 (38.9%) of the remaining 36 implants were lost because of infection. Possible reasons of infection were reported to be inaccurate flap design, overheating, and placement of an implant in an infected socket [52]. Of the failed implants, 6 had the previous infection before implantation, such as periodontitis and periapical lesion.

Failure due to lack of osseointegration was observed for 16 (44.4%) implants. In one of these studies, it was reported that lack of osseointegration was more common in the maxilla, but this result was not statistically significant [35]. In the other study, which reported 5 implant failures due to lack of osseointegration, the failures were also maxillary implants [24]. It is known that poor bone quality may lead to a lack of osseointegration and the cortical structure of the maxilla is lower [15], which might be the reason for these failures.

Lundgren et al. suggested that early loading may lead to insufficient osseointegration [53]. Micromotion caused by occlusal forces may cause fibrous tissue formation between bone and implant. However, recent studies have indicated that immediate or early loading protocols can be used successfully [34,54]. In the present review, there was only 1 implant failure correlated to immediate loading, but in that study, the author indicated that immediate functioning of the implant had no negative effect on dental implant stability [34].

Sensory complications are mostly related to poor clinical handling. In a systematic review conducted by Berglundh et al., most of the included studies had reported an incidence of 1-2% sensory disturbances. In two studies sensory complications occurred 6.9% and 19% [39]. However, most of the sensory disturbances dissolve within 1 year. There were few papers concerned about sensory complications persisting more than 1 year [55,56]. In the present review, 1 study reported postoperative pain and paresthesia for 3 implants in 2 patients [35]. The incidence of implant failure because of sensory disturbance was 2.65% in all 113 implant failures and 0.11% patients in all 1764 patients. The authors reported that after removing the implants the sensory disturbance had recovered within 1 year [35].

There wasn’t any reported reason for the 45 of the implants in the late-failure group. It was reported that periimplantitis and overloading are the most common causes of late implant failures [14,57,58]. Recent studies diagnosed overloading by the presence of parafunction, mechanical complications such as screw fracture or loosening, implant or prosthesis fracture [14]. The studies included in this review reported 2 implant neck fractures and 1 implant fracture as a reason for late failures, which was the 5.8% of total late failures. Implant failure caused by implant fracture is remarkably low in the literature [14,59,60]. But Takeshita et al. reported the fracture incidence of 7.4%, and Chappuis et al. reported 3.2%, similar to this review [61,62]. Berglundh et al. indicated that it is not a common complication and its incidence is <1% for a period of 5 years. Authors suggested that the proportion of implant failure because of implant fracture in total implant failure was between 5-20%, which is in concordance with the present review [39]. There are possible reasons reported for implant fractures, which include inadequate design or adjustment of the prosthesis, implant size, heavy occlusal loading, metal fatigue, aggressive bone loss and galvanic activity increase over time [14,59,60].

Peri-implantitis was evaluated by inflammatory parameters by using assessments on probing depth, suppuration, plaque index and bleeding on probing. It is mostly caused by poor oral hygiene, poor clinical handling, lack of keratinized gingiva and design of prosthesis [15,49,63,64]. There were only two periimplantitis cases reported for late implant failure. But it should be noted that 45 of the late failures reported no possible causes for those failures. One can assume that there should be more peri-implantitis cases exist within those failures.

Regarding the time of implantation, 23 of the failed implants were placed immediately, while 51 of them were placed in healed sockets. It is important that none of the studies in this review had correlated implantation times with failures. In addition, the implantation times of the remaining 39 failures were unknown. However, the survival rates of all studies were known. The studies, which performed immediate implantation, had a mean survival rate of 95.69% while studies performed late implantation showed 96.29% in this review. These results are similar, which indicates that time of implantation did not have any effect on survival rates. It was reported that there isn’t any statistically significant difference between immediate implantation and implant placed in healed sockets [4].

Regional differences and jaw anatomy have been discussed in terms of implant failure. Forty-one of the failed implants were placed in the maxillary bone and 31 of them were in the mandible. When the studies included in this review were investigated for failure rates according to regional differences, 5 studies suggested that there were no significant differences observed between maxillary and mandibular implants [11,23,28,33,35]. Three of those studies reported that there were more failures observed in maxillary implants, but there wasn’t any statistically significant difference observed [25,30,32]. Only one study reported significant difference for maxillary implant failures, but in that study authors suggested that data on prognosis of implants showed high rates of survival can be achieved for maxillary implants [3]. The other studies in this review did not study failure rates according to regional differences. The majority of the studies in this review couldn’t find any significant difference between jaws. In the literature, some studies showed significantly higher failure rates for maxillary implants due to poor bone quality [65,66], while others couldn’t find any difference [67]. Chrcanovic et al. reviewed the literature about dental implant failures and reported that the conclusion of maxillary implants perform not as good as mandibular ones are based mostly on old implant surfaces, such as machined implants. However, modern implant surfaces, like rough surfaces, seem to have improved outcome with the maxilla than old implants. That’s probably because of the stronger implant-bone contact with modern surfaces [68]. Although a calculation cannot be made, most of the implants evaluated in this review had rough surfaces, which may relate to the view of Chrcanovic et al. [68].

Most of the longitudinal studies investigated only the survival rates of implants. That’s because the evaluation of the success of implants involves more complex examination and standardization criteria. Therefore, most of the studies focused on only the survival rate of implants. There are several criteria of success classifications are being used in the literature, but there isn’t any standardization exists, which makes the comparison between studies difficult. In this review, 9 of the 17 studies used analyses of success. There were four different criteria used in these studies, which were Albrektsson et al. [8], Misch et al. [7], in one study authors used their own criteria similar to Albrektsson et al. criteria [34] and in one study, authors used both Albrektsson et al. and Misch et al. criteria. This suggests that these two methods of success analyses are common methods used in studies reported implant failures in Turkey. Of the 4 studies that used only Albrektsson et al. criteria, the mean success rate was 96.14 ± 2.21% with a mean follow-up period of 44.00 ± 44.39 months [27,35-37]. In accordance with this rate, of the 3 studies that used Misch et al. success criteria mean success was 95.2 ± 2.4% with a mean follow-up period of 67.37 ± 36.66 months [3,11,32]. These rates are in accordance with the literature.

Taking into consideration the limitations of this study, one can conclude that the strongest reason for implant failure is an infection and lack of osseointegration in the Turkey Republic. In addition, immediate or late implantation has similar outcomes and the incidence of failure is increasing over time. It should be noted that firm conclusions shouldn’t be made, and the results of this systematic review have to be discussed with caution because this review is unfortunately based on only a limited number of failures and the lack of data does not allow discussing implant failure in a deeper manner. Regarding the number of implants placed in this region, doubtfully, the failures are found to be very low. This is probably due to the implant surgeons are not taking relevant records, having problems with reporting data or they are not willing to report their failures. Another outcome of this review should be to encourage both the academicians and clinicians for reporting and discussing their complications so that further studies with greater numbers of subjects with more accurate data could be made.

Conflict of Interest

There are no conflicts of interest.


The authors want to thank A. Rana Konyalıoğlu for her contributions.