How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are considered to be the most long-lasting solution to missing teeth. But just exactly how long do they last? Read on as Dr. Dave’s Healthy Smiles answers this question in detail.
The Lifespan of Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to last many years, possibly the rest of your life. Consisting of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw and a strong, life-like artificial tooth, dental implants are designed to restore the health, function and appearance of natural teeth. But unlike natural teeth, the titanium post cannot decay while the crown placed on top can withstand years of chewing and biting forces.
This said, there are instances in which dental implants fail or need to be replaced. Ultimately, how long your dental implant lasts depends on several factors, including:
- The skill of the dentist that places the dental implant
- Oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing and routine dental cleanings and exams
- Lifestyle habits, including diet and whether you smoke (smokers are more likely to experience implant failure than non-smokers)
- Location in the mouth (dental implants placed in the back of the mouth fail more quickly than those place in the front of the mouth)
- Preexisting medical conditions or health diseases that impair healing and increase the risk of implant failure.
Proper Care Is Key
The most common reason why dental implants fail is poor oral hygiene. While dental implants themselves cannot decay, the gums that keep them in place can. Poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease, which in turn can cause the gums to deteriorate and the implant to fall out.
For best results, you should brush twice a day, floss daily and eat a healthy diet. Avoid biting or chewing on hard items (e.g., pencils or bottle caps) that could potentially crack or fracture the dental crown. Visit your dentist every six months for an exam and deep cleaning.
Contact Dr. Dave for Further Questions on Dental Implants
To learn more about dental implants or the other restorative dental treatments we offer, schedule a personal appointment. For children and adults age 21 and younger, please contact our Clarksville or Dickson office. For all other adult patients, please contact our Dickson office.