Many patients enquire about the longevity of their dental implants. How long will it hold up? 5 years? 10 years? A lifetime? You should have some realistic expectations about your dental implants. However long they last, this is certain: they are not indestructible.
Dental Implants Longevity: the Average
Modern dental implants are made from titanium. After placement, the jawbone is able to form a biological bond with the material. This creates a permanent link between the implant and bone, a process known as osseointegration. While the implant can potentially last for decades and even the life of the patient, minimum care requirements must be met.
How to Care for Your Dental Implant
First of all, you need to be a good candidate for dental implants in the first place. If there is not enough surrounding bone, then a bone graft may be required.
Once installed, the implant and surrounding area are just as susceptible to gum disease, tartar buildup, and cavities. The bacteria responsible for gum inflammation can also attack the bone before osseointegration has fully taken place. If this occurs, then the implant may only last a few years.
With this in mind, it’s up to you whether the implant lasts for 3-4 years or 3-4 decades. Healthy teeth and gums are the key. That means religiously brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and keeping up with your dental appointments. The last point can’t be stressed enough. Instead of the recommended exam every six months, most people only make an appointment when they have a problem.
We’ll Make Sure Your Implants Last
Contact 1895 Dental Implants. We’ll get you in touch with a participating dentist that will perform an initial exam to determine whether you’re a solid candidate for implants. The dentists will also provide advice on how to ensure the longevity of your dental implants.
Long-Lasting Dental Implants in Puget Sound
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Edited by Justin Vorhees