How Long Do Dental Implants Last

How Long Do Dental Implants Last

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Dental implants are considered to be permanent, so if you want to know how long they last – they can last a lifetime. Dental implants bond with the jawbone’s surrounding tissue, and connect to the bone through a process called osseointegration. This process makes a very strong foundation for the new implant tooth, or dental crown.

Although the exact length of time an implant will last depends on your own habits and oral health, in terms of look, function, and longevity, implants can be thought of as being just like your own, natural teeth.

What Are Implants Made From?

Implants are made from very durable titanium alloy, making both the fixture and abutment last a very long time. While the life of an implant may vary somewhat over time, most implants stay healthy for well over 15 years and up.

Does Bone Density Affect Implants?

The bone density of your jawbone is extremely important when gauging just how long an implant will last. Even before an implant is placed, your dentist will measure jawbone density. In some cases, a bone graft may be necessary to strengthen density prior to the implant procedure itself. 

Your Dental Health

Your overall dental health is also important in just how long an implant will last. A weakened immune system, diabetes, osteoporosis, and age can all affect the longevity of your implants, as can some medications such as blood thinners and radiation treatment. 

And, teeth grinding and jaw clenching can also have a negative impact upon longevity for implants. A dental night guard may be recommended to alleviate this issue if it exists. Finally, smoking can also adversely affect osseointegration and cause gum disease, which negatively impacts an implant as well.  

Keeping Good Dental Hygiene 

If your oral hygiene is good, it will extend the life of your implant. Brush and floss twice a day, limit overly sugar-filled food, and of course, schedule important regular dental appointments for examination and cleaning, as directed by your dentist. Following these simple steps goes a long way toward preserving the life of your dental implant.

Dental Crown Lifespan

One thing that it is important to note is that while the implant itself is considered to be permanent, allowing for good health and dental hygiene, the crown placed onto the implant could need replacement. Daily wear and tear can affect dental crowns after 15 to 20 years. But replacing the crown will not affect the implant abutment and fixture itself, making any artificial tooth replacement – the crown – a simple procedure. 

The type of crown used can also affect the longevity of a crown. 

Ready to Learn More About Dental Implants?

Whether you have a single missing tooth, or are in need of a bridge, denture, or full arch, dental implants are available. If you’re ready to learn more about dental implants, we are here to help at Aliso Smiles. Today, a long-lasting dental implant is the best replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. Schedule an appointment, or give us a call to learn more, today.