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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Older couple with dental implants from Everglades Family Dental in Pembroke Pines, FLDental implants are permanent, and according to one study, the survival rate of dental implants after 10 years is 96.4%, and the vast majority of dental implants last the rest of the patient's life. However, the crowns attached to the implant usually last 15 to 20 years, depending on various factors.

Dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry by offering a permanent solution for missing teeth that mimics natural teeth in both form and function. Whether you're missing one tooth or several, dental implants provide multiple reliable options to restore your smile and improve oral health. However, a common question from our patients when they consider dental implants is: How long do they last? There are many different factors that affect the lifespan of a dental implant.

What Are Dental Implants?


Before we can get into the longevity of dental implants, we need to understand the basics. A dental implant consists of three main components: the actual implant fixture, the abutment, and the crown.

The implant fixture is made of titanium because titanium is biocompatible. It is surgically implanted into the jawbone, and serves as an artificial tooth root. Over time, the bone fuses with the implant in a process called osseointegration. This integration between the jawbone and the implant creates a secure foundation for the replacement crown.

The abutment is the connection between the implant fixture and the prosthetic crown.

An implant supported crown is very similar to traditional dental crowns. They are custom crafted to match the color, shape, and size of the patient's natural teeth. Implant supported crowns are used for single tooth dental implants.

This complete structure of the dental implant, abutment, and crown mimics the entire natural tooth from root to crown, which results in a seamless, secure, and durable restoration.

Multiple tooth dental implants may be in the form of implant supported dentures, or implant supported bridges. These dental restorations allow us to restore multiple teeth without fewer implants.

What Affects How Long Dental Implants Last?


There are many different factors that affect the lifespan of dental implants, which include:

Oral Hygiene


Proper oral hygiene is vital to maintain the health of dental implants. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups prevent gum disease and peri-implantitis, conditions that can compromise the stability of implants. Poor dental hygiene may lead to deterioration of the integrated bone that holds the implant in place.

Bone Density


The density and quality of the jawbone are required for dental implant placement. Adequate bone support is necessary for osseointegration to occur between the jaw and the implant. Patients with insufficient bone may need bone grafting procedures to stimulate growth in the jawbone before implants can be placed.

Lifestyle


Habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can shorten the lifespan of dental implants. Smoking has been linked to higher rates of implant failure and complications because it is bad for blood circulation, and healing.

Systemic Health


Certain systemic conditions such as diabetes and autoimmune disorders affect the body's ability to heal and integrate with dental implants. These conditions increase the risks of complications with implant placement. Patients with these conditions must be carefully assessed by our team to determine if they are suitable for implant treatment.

Bite Forces


Excessive bite forces from teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, or other habits, exert undue stress on dental implants. This leads to cracked, chipped, and broken crowns, and can negatively affect the implants themselves. Customized mouth guards or other treatments may be recommended to protect the implants and crowns from these problems.

Maintenance


Regular maintenance and follow-up care are essential to preserve dental implants, and get as much life out of them as possible. Professional dental cleanings, routine examinations, and timely intervention for any issues that arise are crucial parts of implant maintenance and longevity.

Studies on Dental Implants and Success Rates


Many long term studies have evaluated the success rates and longevity of dental implants. Individual outcomes vary due to biological differences and other factors, but these studies consistently demonstrate high success rates for implants over extended periods.

In addition, new advancements in implant technology and new surgical techniques are always being developed. New materials are used and all of these advancements continue to enhance the longevity of dental implant treatments. Modern dental implants are designed to withstand the rigors of daily oral function and endure for decades with proper care and maintenance.

How Do I Take Care of My Dental Implants?


Patients must prioritize their oral health in order to maintain their dental implants and crowns for as long as possible. This includes:

Regular Dental Visits


Routine dental exams and professional cleanings allow our team to monitor the health of the dental implants, detect any issues early on, and solve those problems quickly, which prevents further complications.

Oral Hygiene Practices


Patients should brush twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and must pay close attention to cleaning the area around the implant(s). Interdental brushes or floss threaders help patients access hard to reach spaces between implants and natural teeth.

Lifestyle Modifications


Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption improves implant lifespan, as well as overall health. Patients should also avoid chewing on hard objects or using their teeth as tools to prevent damage to the implant supported crowns.

Bite Guard Usage


Patients with bruxism or teeth clenching habits should wear a custom made bite guard at night to protect the implants, and surrounding teeth from excessive forces.

Dietary Considerations


A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients, particularly calcium and vitamin D, supports bone health and helps maximize the longevity of dental implants.

There are many different factors that affect the lifespan of dental implants. The crowns attached to dental implants may have to be replaced in 10 to 20 years, but the vast majority of patients who elect to have dental implant restorations have their implants for at least 10 years, and most patients have their implants for the rest of their lives.

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