How Long Do Implants Last?

A dental implant is a permanent way to replace a missing tooth. They look like your natural teeth and require the same amount of care as a natural tooth. Many may wonder if an implant would last long enough to make the procedure worth the cost. We want you to understand what a root canal is and why it’s an important procedure. It can not only relieve pain but also save your tooth.

How Long Do they Last?

  How Long Do implants Last?   Implants can last for decades, even a lifetime, with proper dental hygiene. A dental implant is a permanent appliance in your mouth. However, the crown may need replacing in 10 to 15 years. That depends on the type of material the crown is made of, your oral hygiene habits, and the wear and tear you place on your teeth. Before you can truly answer the question of how long a dental implant will last, you must first understand the different parts of the implant. Some parts are meant to last a lifetime while other parts may need replacing.  

Dental Implant Placement

Another factor in the lifespan of an implant, especially the crown, is where the implant is located in the mouth. People use primarily their back teeth for chewing so those will see more wear and tear than those in the front of the mouth. Back teeth are also the ones most likely damaged when people grind their teeth. The most obvious group of patients where an implant may fail are those who don’t take good care of them. Implants can be treated as your natural teeth as far as dental hygiene is concerned. You should brush them twice a day as you do your natural teeth. Flossing daily is equally important. implants Seeing your dentist twice a year is also important so they can make sure your implant still looks good when they do your dental exam. Having a false tooth as an implant doesn’t negate any of the oral hygiene responsibilities because you can still get infections and gum disease just as you would with natural teeth. Another group of higher-risk patients for implant failure are those with chronic health problems like diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorder, or heart disease. The reason why this group is at risk is that these diseases slow the body from healing. The implant needs to fuse to the jaw bone after surgery and a slower healing process makes that more difficult. It will take a lot longer for the implant to fully integrate with the rest of your body.

Other Reasons an Implant May Fail

Implants can fail, although that isn’t typical. Implants are a good permanent solution to missing and damaged teeth. However, failure isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility either. An implant may not be the best quality or there could be nerve damage in the gums.  The patient could have an allergic reaction to the metal in the post or the abutment. The implant could be misaligned with the jaw and mouth or the impressions may not provide a clear enough picture to do a good surgery. Both of those are rare because most dentists use digital impressions now that provide incredibly good and accurate pictures. The most common reason an implant fails is infection and bone loss called peri-implantitis. This is an infection that grows inside the gums around the implant. The fact to know about this infection is that it is preventable. Peri-implantitis happens when the patient doesn’t keep up with good hygiene following an implant procedure. It can be avoided by talking to your dentist about how to care for your mouth post-surgery and following recommendations.  

Evaluating Your Risk

Every patient is different and each should be evaluated for risk of implant failure. It’s best to talk to us about the success or failure of implants and ask how your risk factors stand. Implants are meant to be permanent structures in your mouth. They are considered better than other appliances like bridges because they don’t put stress on surrounding teeth. Implants can be strong enough to function as natural teeth and failure is a rare occurrence. Implants are also considered to be better than dentures because they remain in your mouth, don’t require special cleaning as dentures do, and give you a truly natural smile. That’s why most people are happy with dental implants. They look, feel, and function like their natural teeth.

Conclusion

Dental implants can be the one thing that brings back confidence for those who have suffered from tooth issues for a long time. Ask us if implants are the best solution for your situation.
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