How Many Years do Dental Implants Last?

Are dental implants a permanent solution? Will dental implants last forever? Do dental implants need to be replaced?

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If these questions sound familiar, you’re not alone. Many individuals considering dental implants are also curious about how long dental implants last. In fact, it’s one of the most common questions about implants that we address.

Dental Implants: A Permanent Solution?

Dental implants are engineered to be the most permanent type of tooth replacement options available. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime…but how long is that in ‘years’?

Despite the “permanent” label, dental implants might not actually last a ‘lifetime’. Although implants are a wonderful option for restoring the form, function and aesthetics of your teeth, they do require routine maintenance just like your natural pearly whites.

The good news is that advancements in dental technology and materials have resulted in a superior product designed to last between 10-25+ years (depending on several factors). Let’s take a closer look at these below…

Expected Lifespan Based on Materials Used

Dental implants are made from several components, each created from varying materials. The type of material used for these components can impact how many years your dental implant(s) will be good for.

Components:

  • Implant: Generally made from zirconia or titanium, this post is surgically implanted into your jawbone, acting as the ‘root’ for the prosthetic crown
  • Abutment: This is the piece fastened to the implanted post, and upon which the crown will be situated.
  • Crown – Often ceramic, this ‘false’ or prosthetic tooth is situated atop of the abutment, resulting in a finished product that looks, feels and performs like a real tooth.

When it comes to damage, the crown is usually the component most prone to failure over time. We can help you understand the differences between various material options and how those translate to years in terms of the expected lifespan.

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Other Factors Impacting How Long Dental Implants Will Last

Oral Practices: Sorry, just because you upgraded to prosthetic teeth doesn’t mean you get to skip the brushing and flossing. The good news is that this routine isn’t any different from when you had your own natural pearly whites. Twice a day brushing and flossing is all that’s needed to get the most from your implants.

 What You Eat: As durable as they are, implants aren’t entirely impervious to damage. Biting down on and chewing hard items can wear down or even break a crown. So next time, open up that bottle with an opener that isn’t your teeth, please.

The Dentist Who Carries Out the Procedure: Implant surgery requires specialized training and experience. The right dentist can make all the difference.

Location of the Implant: Certain teeth in your mouth undergo more pressure and abuse (such as grinding down food). This usually means implants in the back of your mouth may be prone to failure earlier than those in front.

Overall Health and Lifestyle: Certain medical conditions, medications and lifestyle choices (such as smoking and drinking heavily) can reduce the success rate and longevity of implants.

Mindfulness of the Healing Process: Help your body help you by following the instructions provided by your dentist. Helping facilitate optimal healing can result in the best outcome and a potentially longer lifespan for your implants.

Routine Dental Care: Even with implants, routine dental visits are still an important aspect of oral health and hygiene, and can help you maintain and extend the life of your implants.

Dental Implants that Last for Years, Decades and a Lifetime

Transform your smile, restore your ability to eat your favorite foods, improve your health, and be proud to show off your pearly whites with dental implants from Nuvia Dental Implant Center.

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