How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Tooth loss in the United States is an issue for many adults. In fact, 120 million have lost at least one tooth, and up to 36 million have no teeth remaining at all. Dental implants are a way to restore missing teeth with a strong prosthetic that stays in place. This alternative to dentures is fast becoming popular. 

But you might still have questions. How do dental implants work? And how long do they last?

If you’re considering getting dental implants, find out if you’re an optimal candidate. Residents of Mamaroneck, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut, can rely on the years of experience of Dr. Gennadiy Kravets and our medical team at All Bright Dental for implants and other dental needs.

Understanding dental implants

Before dental implants, if you experienced tooth loss, you could expect to either get a dental bridge or dentures. The problem is, both solutions aren’t permanent. Over the years, they will require repair or replacement several times. 

Dental implants offer more stability because they’re inserted into the jaw at the place of the missing tooth (or teeth). This titanium metal rod fixes in place and secures to your jawbone. 

Once the area has had the chance to heal, a metal piece, called an abutment, is inserted to keep the prosthetic tooth in place. Once the implant process is complete, they behave like regular teeth meaning you don’t have to restrict your diet. Implants also require far less maintenance than other tooth replacement options.

How long do implants last?

The life of your implants depends on how well you take care of them. The implant rod can last a lifetime, but the crown or other prosthetic may not last that long. The prosthetic usually lasts between 10-15 years, but with optimal dental hygiene and regular cleanings with our team, it can certainly last longer. 

The location of the implant in the mouth also plays a factor, as the teeth more active in chewing tend to wear down more quickly.

Taking care of implants

If you neglect your oral health, it will impact the effectiveness of your implant. Regular brushing and flossing are necessary, as well as biannual visits to our office. If you’re dealing with other preexisting conditions like diabetes or cancer, the risk of implant failure increases, so an optimal oral health regimen is all the more important.

Overall, implants last longer and require less maintenance than other dental appliances. But keep in mind that they take longer to place. So if you’re ready to try dental implants, make an appointment with Dr. Kravets and All Bright Dental today to get started.

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