The implant screw itself can last a lifetime with regular and good oral hygiene habits.
Dental implants are a great option for long-term tooth replacement. They look like natural teeth, and they only require a regular maintenance routine. So, how long will your dental implants last? Well, the answer depends largely on your choices and your overall dental hygiene.
It’s very rare for implants to fail due to rejection or functionality issues. This is due to how far the technology in dental implants has advanced over the last couple of decades. However, when an implant fails, the most likely culprits are a misuse of the implant, diseases, and pre-existing medical conditions.
What is a Dental Implant?
First, it’s important to understand what a dental implant is. This will help you understand why they last so long.
The implant is a titanium or zirconia post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. This serves as the root for the crown. Then, the abutment is fastened to the implant, and this holds the crown in place. The crown is a ceramic false tooth positioned atop the abutment, which provides the look and function of a natural tooth.
The abutment and crown are more susceptible to damage than the implant itself because they are exposed and used in chewing and biting food.
How Long Do They Last?
The implant screw itself can last a lifetime with regular and good oral hygiene habits. It’s also important to have dental check-ups every 6 months. On the other hand, the crown typically only lasts 10-15 years before it needs to be replaced. Again, good oral hygiene habits could extend the life of the crown for more than 15 years.
How Could an Implant Fail?
There are a few situations or conditions that can cause an implant to fail. Patients who have diabetes or pre-existing medical conditions, like cancer, have an increased risk of implant failure. Dental implants must be regularly cleaned through brushing and flossing as the gums and adjacent teeth are still vulnerable. Gum disease can negatively impact the dental implant as well.
St. Louis Dental Implants
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Contact us by calling (314) 862-7844 to find out more information or schedule your implant consultation. We look forward to meeting you!
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