How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants can be a life-changing tooth replacement option for many patients, and replace traditional dentures as the most effective cosmetic and practical dental treatment. Placed directly into the jawbone, dental implants provide an artificial replacement for the root of your missing teeth, and can support both crowns and entirely artificial teeth.
A single dental implant can support one, or several, replacement teeth and are made from titanium, and bone growth holds them firmly in place - so how long do dental implants last, and are they the right long term solution for you?
The whole process of getting dental implants can take several months and involves one or more surgical procedures. However, they are designed to be a permanent solution for missing teeth - so much so that dental implants have become a standardised tooth-replacement option. Due to their similarities to natural teeth, they are capable of withstanding far more - and there are no concerns with slipping.
Because dental implants are artificial and attached to the interior jawbone, they are not subject to decay, and don’t put stress on adjacent teeth - increasing their lifespan and improving patients overall dental health.
When properly maintained with adequate brushing and flossing, the implant itself can last a lifetime - although patients should still receive regular dental check-ups to help maintain their dental health. Crowns themselves can have a shorter lifespan - between 10 and 15 years - but are straightforward to replace when used in conjunction with dental implants.
Mouth location is also a factor in the expected longevity of a dental implant. Implants in the back of the mouth receive more strain from chewing, which can cause them to fail more quickly than implants near the front of the mouth. Lifestyle and overall health can also have an effect on the lifespan of your dental implants.
By practicing good dental hygiene, and having regular check-ups with your dentist, your dental implants can be expected to last a lifetime!