How long do dental implants actually last?
Dental implants are designed to be permanent replacements for missing. But you may be wondering how long they will actually last. Here, we give you some useful information on the longevity of dental implants.
If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend a dental implant to secure a tooth replacement, such as a crown or bridge. Having a dental implant procedure done can help boost your confidence and self-esteem, and improve your oral and overall health as well. The tooth crown or bridge portion of the tooth replacement may need to be replaced after 10 – 15 years (more or less depending on your unique case), even with diligent dental care. Discuss with us how long a crown or bridge may be expected to last in your specific case.
However, the actual dental implant can have a lifespan of 25 years or more with proper care. In some cases, you may never need to replace your implant if it doesn’t become damaged, loose, or infected. As the implant is metal, it is very durable, but there are some factors that can influence how long you can expect an implant to last. Taking care of your dental implants is much the same as caring for your natural teeth. Twice daily brushing and flossing are essential for the long-term success of your implant because it helps keep the surrounding teeth and gum tissue healthy and disease-free.
It is important to continue visiting your dentist twice a year. Not only will these visits include thorough cleanings that will keep your teeth and gums healthy, but they also provide your dentist with an opportunity to monitor the state of your dental implant as well as the health of the surrounding teeth. Any issues with the gums or deterioration can be addressed early or possibly prevented in the first place.
Some lifestyle choices can impact the tissue surrounding your implant, lessening its stability. Your overall health may also play a part in how successful your implants are over the long run. Certain diseases and medical conditions can also lead to a heightened risk of dental implant failure.
Still have questions about dental implants? Please feel free to call us on (03) 9817 3685, our experienced team at Kew Dental would be glad to help.