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How Long Does a Dental Implant Last?

senior woman outdoors smilingDental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for those with missing teeth. They provide a permanent solution that looks and feels natural, but how long do they last? In this blog, we’ll explore the lifespan of dental implants and what factors can impact their longevity.

The Two Parts of a Dental Implant

A dental implant consists of two parts – the dental screw and the dental crown. The dental screw is made of titanium and fuses with your jaw bone, much like the root of a real tooth. This part of the implant is designed to last a lifetime with proper application and care, and it should not ever need to be replaced.

The dental crown, which is the visible part of your new replacement tooth, is placed over the implant part. A dental crown may need to be replaced every 15 years depending on a number of factors like how well it is cared for.

Factors that Can Impact the Longevity of Your Implant

While dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, there are several factors that can impact their longevity. Here are a few:

  • Grinding and clenching your teeth may wear down a dental crown more quickly. If you suffer from bruxism, a condition where you grind or clench your teeth, talk to your dentist about a custom mouthguard to help protect your implant.
  • Risky food choices, like eating hard candies or using your teeth to open bottles or crack nuts, can damage your implant.
  • Poor oral health care can lead to implant failure. Keep up with regular brushing and flossing, and don’t skip your routine check-ups and cleanings.
  • Participating in impact sports and activities without a mouthguard can cause damage to your implant.
  • Smoking and vaping can significantly impact the longevity of your implant. Implants placed in smokers present a 140.2% higher risk of failure than implants placed in non-smokers. This is due to the negative effects smoking has on oral health, including reduced blood flow and decreased bone density.

Ongoing Care for Your Dental Implant

During your consultation, we’ll discuss ongoing care for your dental implant. Making certain lifestyle adjustments can help you get the most out of your implant. By avoiding risky food choices, wearing a mouthguard when playing sports, quitting smoking, and maintaining good oral hygiene habits, you can help ensure your implant lasts a lifetime.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the lifespan of dental implants and how they could change your smile for the better!

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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