How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are comprised of a titanium post that is embedded in the jaw bone, an abutment, and a replacement tooth crown. The titanium post and abutment can last a lifetime if you practice good oral health. Crowns that are used for implants tend to last 10 to 15 years. Here are some factors that may shorten the amount of time that your dental implant lasts.
Issues with the Crown
Replacement tooth crowns that are used for dental implants have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, but the crown may last longer or fail prematurely. Some of the more common reasons that crowns fail are improper installation, poor oral hygiene, damaging the crown, or normal wear and tear. You can take steps to maximize the lifetime of your dental implant replacement tooth by following the at-home care instructions from our doctors.
Oral Health Practices
The titanium post of your dental implant is anchored into the jaw bone. You need to protect the bone if you want to keep the implant for your lifetime. Bone loss is common with periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene practices. Fortunately, dental implants require no special care. Simply follow best practices of brushing and flossing at least twice each day. You should also schedule annual appointments with one of our doctors for an examination and dental x-rays, as well as dental cleanings by one of our hygienists every six months.
Medical Conditions and Lifestyle Choices
Some medical conditions, such as diabetes, affect oral health and may increase your risk for bone loss. If you have one of these conditions, our doctors explain what to expect from your dental implants. You may also need to make some changes to your lifestyle choices to protect your implant. Smoking increases bone loss in older patients, and if you quit smoking, you may reduce the risk of losing your dental implant.
If you are interested in dental implants, call our office today to schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff will help you and answer any questions that you may have about dental implants.