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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Our Toronto dentist has the facts on implant longevity, and risk factors for a shortened restoration lifespan.

Without a question, dental implants make a superior tooth replacement option for many patients who have suffered from tooth loss.

This is due to the durable materials used, in addition to the fact that they closely resemble the characteristics of a natural tooth – as the implant is permanently fused with the jaw bone (just like the tooth root once was) to provide a sturdy and dependable restoration.

But with their strength and durability in mind, just how long do dental implants last? We’re going to answer just that in this article.

 

First, let’s explore the three components of a dental implant.

Dental implants make a long-term and permanent solution thanks to the strength of each component:

  • The implant: The implant or post serves the purpose of replacing the tooth’s root, and is generally composed of highly durable titanium or zirconia material. The implant is surgically embedded into the patient’s jawbone, and will support the following two components to complete the restoration.
  • The abutment: The abutment is attached to the top of the implant in order to support the next component of the restoration.
  • The crown: Virtually indistinguishable from a real tooth, the crown or artificial tooth completes the dental implant procedure. It is composed of ceramic and securely mounted atop the abutment piece.

How long do dental implants typically last?

Provided a patient sticks to a proper daily brushing and flossing routine, in addition to seeing their dentist and hygienist every 6-9 months for routine check-ups and cleanings, the implant screw itself has the ability to last a lifetime.

However, the crown portion typically will last an average of 10 to 15 years before it will require a replacement due to general wear and tear. But, practicing caution along with excellent dental hygiene care and can help to extend the life of the dental crown beyond 15 years.


Factors that will affect the longevity of your dental implant restoration

As previously mentioned, dental implants have the ability to last an entire lifetime – and often do. However, there are many potential reasons that put a patient at a higher risk for premature dental implant failure.

 

Let’s get into these possible reasons dental implants may fail:

Improper oral hygiene care: Just like the natural teeth, a dental implant restoration needs to be properly cared for through daily cleaning and routine dental visits to ensure its longevity, optimal health and function.

Poor dietary or chewing habits: If a patient is consuming a diet that’s particularly high in sugar or processed foods and beverages, or, additionally, if they consume a lot of hard or sticky foods or candies, this definitely places them at a higher risk for implant failure. Furthermore, habits like clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth together can also impact an implant’s lifespan.

Smoking and drinking habits: Patients that regularly smoke cigarettes or drink in excess are also at a higher risk for implant failure, not to mention, at a greater risk in general for oral health issues such as gum disease.

The experience level of the dentist: The skill level and professional background of your chosen dentist or oral surgeon can also play a role in impacting your dental implant’s lifespan. Patients should be sure to select a highly experienced and trained practitioner for their implant procedure, such as our Dr. Howard Klaiman.

The location of the implant: Generally speaking, dental implants that are placed in the front of the mouth will last longer than those placed in the back, where chewing pressure is at its highest. However, these implants can still last a lifetime – it’s just the crown portion that may need to be replaced a little earlier.

 

Pre-existing medical conditions: A patient’s general systemic health will play a role in how well their body accepts the dental implant. With that said, certain medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer will unfortunately play a role in determining whether the implant fails.

A patient’s bone density: As bone loss tends to occur with tooth loss and age, a dental implant restoration will require an adequate level of bone density in the jaw for proper support.

Comparing dental implants with other tooth replacement solutions

For any person, when it comes time to replace missing teeth, all restorative options should be explored. However, at the end of the day, a dental implant will always be the supreme choice due to its strength, permanence, and ability to look and feel the most similarly to that of a natural tooth.

Choose our Dr. Howard Klaiman for a dental implant restoration to last a lifetime

Interested in a dental implant or full mouth reconstruction procedure to restore your smile? Our expert dentist and team in Toronto are ready to help!

Schedule your restorative or dental implants consultation at Aesthetic Implant Dentistry today.

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