How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are a popular choice today for tooth replacement, and with good reason. Implants consist of a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone. After the post implant has healed completely, a full dental crown is placed on top of the post, and the tooth can be used like a natural tooth. Dental implants are durable, they look and feel great, and they are long lasting. But many patients ask exactly how long-lasting are they?
The length that an implant will last is largely based on the care and upkeep that the patient keeps up with. For example, if you are cleaning your teeth properly and effectively at home, and visiting the dentist regularly for those checkups and cleanings, your implant can last a lifetime.
The dental crown, on the other hand, may need to be replaced every 10-15 years after it has been placed due to normal wear and tear on the crown itself. With excellent oral hygiene, sometimes crowns can last closer to 20 years.
The other main factor in how long an implant can last is where in the mouth it is located. Teeth in the back of the mouth take on more pressure from eating, and are more likely to be neglected when it comes to at-home cleaning, which means it's more likely for an implant in the back of your mouth to have a shorter life. However, in any case, the largest factor here is how well the implant is cared for, so keeping up with those dental appointments is vital.
If you have any questions about dental implants, or if you think you may be interested in getting an implant, don't hesitate to contact our office for more information! We are always able to answer any questions possible over the phone, and we can schedule a consultation to get more information right away. We look forward to helping you achieve a happy, healthy smile!