So just how long do dental implants last? You’ll probably be pleased to know that with good dental care, your dental implant could last for the rest of your lifetime. But what constitutes good dental care and how long could you reasonably expect this tooth replacement to hold out for? Dental implants have been used by millions of people across the globe and are considered to be one of the most effective tooth restorations available.
What Is A Dental Implant?
Your dental implant is a metal screw or anchor, designed to replace missing teeth at the roots. It is surgically embedded into your jawbone, and once it has integrated with your jawbone, will become a permanent fixture upon which your dentist will attach a crown so that the replacement tooth matches the aesthetic of the other teeth in your mouth.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
As a general rule, high-quality dental implants can be expected to last up to 25 years, but this is person-specific and dependant on a number of factors such as:
Your dental hygiene
Your implant needs the same degree of care and dental hygiene as the natural teeth in your mouth.
But if you lost your tooth because of poor hygiene practices, you probably need to brush up on your twice daily brushing and flossing, as well as ensure you make regular visits to your dentist for oral check-ups.
The brand of implant used
Most dentists feel comfortable with a certain brand or implant process, but as the patient you are entitled to find out what the expected lifespan of your implant is prior to your procedure.
Where has the tooth implant been placed?
Tooth implants that are placed in the back of the mouth tend to undergo more chewing and biting force than those used in the front of the mouth. This typically means that dental implants at the back of your mouth will fail faster.
Your lifestyle choices
It may surprise you to know that smoking tobacco products and drinking alcohol can impact on the lifespan of your dental implants too. In fact, many dentists will consider tobacco smoking as a risk factor for implant failure and may not even recommend the procedure to smokers. In the event that you are a smoker who undergoes dental implant surgery it would be important to abstain from smoking before and after your procedure.
The relationship between value and longevity
Dental implant cost is generally higher than other tooth replacement options, and it is also a considerable disruption so it makes sense to follow all the instructions and advice provided by your dentist. This also emphasises the importance of choosing a skilled and experienced dental practitioner, with a proven record of implant success to manage your procedure.
When Do Dental Implants Fail?
There are a number of circumstances which make implants more likely to fail. These include chronic conditions like diabetes (and other conditions that affect your body’s ability to heal) and poor dental hygiene (which can result in gum disease).
Do you still have questions about how long do dental implants last? We’d love to chat with you. Please contact our practice for an appointment: (03) 5749 1208.