Dental implants are an excellent choice for long-term tooth replacement, as they look exactly like and require only the care of natural teeth. But how long will your dental implants last? The answer to this question depends largely on your lifestyle and overall commitment to dental hygiene.
The technology behind dental implants has advanced by such a great extent over the last ten to twenty years that implant failures have become very rare. Complications from pre-existing medical conditions, diseases, and misusing the implant are the most likely reasons for an implant to fail. Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Virginia Beach, VA would like to take a moment to help you understand the longevity of dental implants.
What Is A Dental Implant Made Of?
Implants last so long because of what they’re made of:
- Implant – The titanium or zirconia screw that is surgically embedded in the jawbone of a patient and serves as a root for the crown.
- Abutment – The abutment is attached to the implant and holds the crown in place.
- Crown – The crown is a ceramic false tooth that is attached to the abutment and provides the look and function of a natural tooth.
In general, the the crown and abutment are more vulnerable to damage than the implant itself because they are exposed and actively used in chewing and biting down on food.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
With regular brushing and flossing, the implant screw itself can last a lifetime, assuming the patient receives regular dental check-ups twice a year. The crown, however, usually only lasts about 10 to 15 years before normal wear and tear may cause it to require a replacement. However, excellent at-home dental hygiene on your part could extend its’ life beyond 15 years. The location of the implant in your mouth is also a factor in the calculating the life of a dental implant. Implants in the back of the mouth are used more actively in chewing, which means more wear and tear, more quickly than implants near the front of the mouth.
Dental Implants vs. Other Tooth Replacement Options
A dental implant is designed to be a permanent solution for missing teeth and has become the preferred tooth-replacement option. A dental implant replaces the natural tooth in every way and can withstand biting or chewing without slipping as can occur with dentures. And unlike with dentures, implants are permanently attached so all cleaning — twice daily just like your natural teeth– is done in your mouth with a toothbrush and floss. Because they are attached to the interior jawbone, implants don’t place strain on the neighboring teeth, as dental bridges tend to do.
How Can Dental Implants Fail?
When properly cared for dental implants are a long-term, indefinite replacement for missing or damaged teeth. However, there are multiple factors that can cause the premature failure of an implant. Patients suffering from diabetes or other pre-existing medical conditions, such as cancer, have a significantly higher risk of complications with the healing of their implant site.
As mentioned earlier, dental implants must be maintained through regular brushing and flossing. Poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontitis (gum disease), which is another factor that can sink the chances of a successful dental implant surgery.
Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, VA
If you are considering dental implants, you need to see the best implant dentist possible. Our teams at our Laskin Road (757-453-7657) and Haygood Road (757- 264-6361) locations are ready to help you restore your smile. For a consultation with a Bayside dentist about dental implants or any other dental concern, please call the above numbers or schedule online.