How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Many people are choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement options. And rightly so! Dental implants offer several benefits that other tooth restoration options do not. However, since a dental implant procedure is more complex and detailed, people often ask how long dental implants last to determine if it’s actually worth having them.
How Long Can Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are meant to be a permanent tooth restoration and replacement solution, so they can last a lifetime for many people. However, the average lifespan of dental implants is 20 to 30 years.
The duration for which dental implants last can differ from person to person because, just like your natural teeth, the implant structure, health, and functionality are linked to multiple factors.
What Factors Can Affect Dental Implants?
Oral hygiene is the most important factor that can make your implant journey successful or not. Implants need just as much care, if not more, as your natural teeth on a daily basis to remain intact and functional. Moreover, you must visit your dentist regularly to avoid any issues and spot them early on.
While oral care and hygiene maintenance are most important in making your implants last long, a few other factors can impact their lifespan, some of which may not always be in your control or preventable. These include:
The type of dental implant you have may also make a difference in their lifespan.
At Thomas P. Rafferty, DDS we always conduct a detailed consultation with our clients to determine the potential risk factors that can affect their dental health and implants, give suggestions to eliminate or minimize those risks and help them make their dental implants last longer.
How to Care for Dental Implants
The trick to making your dental implants last longer is caring for them like your natural teeth. Follow the basic dental hygiene procedures of brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day to remove food particles, prevent bacterial buildup, and keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Follow up with your dentist as recommended to check for any impending issues and fix any existing ones.
Use your implants like your natural teeth to eat, and not to crack nuts or open bottle caps. The former will have a positive impact on them, while the latter will negatively affect their structure (might cause cracks) and longevity.
Dental implants are meant to serve as a permanent alternative to natural teeth. With good care, they can last for 20 to 30 years or even longer. But poor dental care and hygiene can make you lose them much sooner. Follow a good dental hygiene routine and do not miss your dental appointments to keep your implants intact and functional for as long as they are intended to last.