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Dental Implants: How Long Do They Last?

April 11, 2022

Dental implants are widely recognized as a superior solution for replacing missing teeth. Whether it’s to replace a single tooth or to serve as support for bridges or dentures, dental implants offer numerous benefits, including exceptional durability. Indeed, implants are among the most long-lasting tooth replacement options available today. How long can dental implants last? Let’s explore what you might expect.

Dental Implants May Last a Lifetime

On average, dental implants can last between 10 to 30 years, making it highly probable that, depending on your age at the time of the procedure, they could last a lifetime. This longevity is unmatched by any other tooth replacement method. Opting for a dental implant is essentially investing in your dental health for the foreseeable future.

What Makes Dental Implants So Durable?

The secret to the longevity of dental implants lies in their design and the materials used.

Dental implants mimic a natural tooth and its root system, comprising an implant root, an abutment, and a crown. The implant root is a titanium post designed to be inserted into the jawbone. Titanium’s biocompatibility allows it to integrate with the bone through osseointegration, creating a strong, lasting bond over several months.

The Crown’s Lifespan

After the implant root has bonded with the bone, an abutment and crown are attached. The abutment serves as a connector between the root and the crown, which is usually made of porcelain to mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

While the implant root itself can last for decades, the crown may need replacement after 10-15 years due to wear and tear. This timeframe can vary, but replacing the crown is considerably less expensive than the initial implant procedure, making it a manageable aspect of long-term dental implant maintenance.

Extending the Life of Your Dental Implant

To ensure your dental implant lasts as long as possible, some maintenance is required:

  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. Good dental habits are crucial for preserving both your implant and natural teeth.
  • Regular dental check-ups every six months help keep your implant secure by maintaining overall oral health and catching any potential issues early.
  • Avoid smoking, as it can impair healing and integration of the implant.
  • Support your overall and bone health with a balanced diet and consider supplements for bone strength, with your doctor’s guidance.
Posted in Uncategorized by Dr. Gregory Hurt DDS

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