A common question asked by patients who are considering investing in dental implants is, “how long will they last?”
The short answer is “a lifetime”, and most often, this is true. Still, there are varying factors which affect the longevity of dental implants.
The Lifespan of a Dental Implant
The implant itself is a titanium screw. The screw is surgically implanted at the site of a missing tooth and is crafted from biocompatible titanium. This material will not corrode or degrade overtime and easily fuses with your jawbone. Typically, within 6 months of undergoing a dental implant procedure, the site of your implant will be completely healed and your jawbone has fused with the implant.
The Lifespan of a Dental Prosthetic
The dental prosthetic that is attached to your dental implant is the visible portion of the implant. Depending upon the number of your teeth you are missing, your dental prosthetic will be a crown, a bridge, or a denture.
While your dental implant is likely to last you a lifetime, the dental prosthetic attached to your implant has a shorter life expectancy. The longevity of a dental prosthetic varies greatly and will depend largely upon oral hygiene. In cases where a high standard of oral care and oral hygiene are maintained, dental prosthetics will last as long as 15-years.
Preventing Peri-implantitis With Dental Implants
While dental implants can last you a lifetime, there is a potential that complications will arise. Fortunately, there are several mitigating factors which will reduce your potential of experiencing peri-implantitis, and implant loss.
First and foremost, it is important that your implant be placed within enough healthy bone to support it. All implants will undergo a loss of bone over their lifetime, however, an appropriately placed implant that has been placed at the correct depth for your jaw, will not be at risk for implant loss.
Additionally, it is essential that you maintain a high standard of oral hygiene. Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly and it is important to see your dentist every six-months for a checkup and teeth cleaning. Taking care of your mouth health will prevent the development of peri-implantitis and will help to ensure the longevity of your dental implant.