How Long do Dental Implants Last?

How Long do Dental Implants Last?

Tooth decay, accidents, and gum disease are the leading causes of tooth loss. If you’re one of the 120 million people missing at least one tooth, you’re likely exploring your replacement options. Dentures, bridges, and implants are viable options, but which one is right for you? Dental implants are a popular choice thanks to their sturdy foundation and natural appearance. 

If you’re considering dental implants at Kiran Rapal, DDS, Inc in Saratoga, California, one factor you want to consider is how long dental implants last. In this article, our team answers that question in more detail.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants consist of three parts: a titanium post, an abutment (which connects the post to the crown), and a dental crown. Titanium is biocompatible, and it fuses with your jaw bone in a process called osseointegration. Because the titanium post and your bone fuse together, dental implants are permanent. Your implant post then serves as artificial tooth roots.

That being said, your dental crown may 一 at some point 一 need to be repaired or replaced if it becomes damaged or worn out through normal wear and tear. Anywhere from 50-80% of crowns may need to be replaced in 15 to 20 years, but with the proper care, your crown can last even longer. 

Dental implants have much longer life-span than bridges and dentures.

What shortens the life of a dental implant?

While most dental implants are successful and osseointegration takes place, it’s important to acknowledge the things that can affect the life and success of a dental implant. Smoking can significantly impact the success of your dental implant. Gum disease can affect your implant if the gum disease progresses and compromises the integrity of your jaw bone. You might suspect there is an issue if your implant suddenly becomes wiggly.

Bruxism, also referred to as teeth grinding, can also shorten the life of your dental implant. Bruxism can cause you to clench your jaw or grind your teeth while you sleep. This can put uneven pressure on your implant (and natural teeth too), leading to fractures, cracks, and chips. If you suspect you have bruxism, a night guard can protect your teeth.

Tips for taking care of your dental implants

With the proper at-home oral care and regular check-ups, you can maximize the life of your dental crown, the portion of your implant that you can see. Your crown serves as a prosthetic tooth and requires regular cleaning.

In addition to keeping your mouth clean, it’s important to refrain from using your teeth as tools. Tearing open packages or chewing on non-food items can damage your teeth (both implants and natural teeth), increase your risk of chips, fractures, and uneven wear.

Are you considering replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant? Implants can replace a single tooth or support a whole arch of teeth. Schedule your implant consultation at our Saratoga, California office by calling us at 408-864-7010 or by using our online scheduling tool.

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