How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Woman at the dentist getting dental implants​​​​​​​
  • By Courthouse Art of Dentistry
  • July 18, 2022
  • Tooth replacement methods and options have significantly improved thanks to technology and the advances in oral surgery and dentistry. Nowadays, you have many options for lost tooth replacement, such as removable dentures, dental crowns, and tooth bridges. Among all those mentioned, dental implants are best if you want a long-lasting and convenient solution. Read more to find out why.


    What Are Dental Implants?


    A dental implant is a titanium appliance that replaces a tooth root when you lose a tooth. Your dentist inserts it into your jawbone to anchor removable replacement teeth, tooth bridges, or fixed crowns. 


    A Dental Implant's Average Lifespan


    A dental implant comprises three components that determine how long it can last. Generally, implant posts last longer because of their infusion to the jawbone, and they have no direct exposure to elements or things that can damage them. Sources show that implant posts can last for 25 years and more—other sources claim they are permanent and last a lifetime.


    The prosthesis and abutment are likely to get damaged and may need replacement. The constant biting and chewing forces may wear down implant-supported restorations. As a result, they may need replacement after 10 to 15 years of use. 


    The prosthesis used also determines its lifespan. For example, an implant-supported denture may not last if a dental crown is at your mouth's front. The denture is likely to wear down faster due to the chewing forces at the back of the mouth.


    Factors That Affect the Longevity of Dental Implants


    Many factors affect the lifespan of dental implants. For example, practicing poor oral habits can reduce how long your dental implant lasts. Below are other things that can affect their longevity:


    • Biting on hard things – Implant posts remain helpful if they are stable in the jawbone. Chewing on hard things can affect its stability and cause its failure.

    • Drinking and smoking – People who smoke or drink have a low success rate when they get dental implants. The practices affect blood flow to the treatment area and impact healing negatively. Smoking also increases the risk of gum disease.

    • An inexperienced oral surgeon – A quack practitioner can design the implant poorly and place it incorrectly. They are also likely to cause tissue trauma while inserting the implant. Their inexperience can cause them to proceed to place a crown before the implant post becomes stable.

    • Location – Implants located at the front of the mouth last longer as they are not subject to chewing pressure that can damage them.


    What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?


    Generally, the dental implant success rate lies around 98 percent. However, this varies depending on the location of the implant. 


    How to Take Care of Dental Implants


    If you care for implants the same way you should for your natural teeth, they can last a lifetime. Practice healthy oral habits. Brush your teeth twice every day, floss, use an antibacterial mouthwash daily, and go for regular dental checkups.


    For more about dental implants or to schedule a visit, call Courthouse Art of Dentistry at 703-997-1284 to reach our office in Arlington, Virginia.