A lot of dental patients question how long their dental implant will last.
After all, the cost and pain of having a dental implant placed should guarantee a lifetime of beautiful teeth.
Fortunately, you can be assured that if you’re age 45 or older, your dental implant will last a lifetime assuming you adhere to the proper methods of oral care.
But wait, there’s more you need to know:
First, it’s important to be aware of the components of a dental implant:
- The actual implant itself – The titanium implant of a dental implant is what actually keeps the false tooth in place as it’s surgically placed into the jawbone. This is why a strong jaw is required for a dental implant.
- The abutment – On top of the implant, an abutment, or a little screw-like piece is placed. This is what will hold the false tooth (or crown) in place.
- The crown – Most importantly, the crown is screwed onto the abutment. This is the false, very natural-looking tooth visible when you smile.
The implant is very sturdy and is bound to last for many, many years. It shouldn’t need to be replaced as it’s placed strategically inside of the gums and jaw.
However, a dental crown requires replacement about every 10 to 15 years. The abutment may also need to be replaced overtime as it’s much more exposed than the concealed implant piece.
From knowing this information, it’s truly safe to say dental implants last approximately 15 years for those with good oral health and hygienic habits; however, this will vary for everyone, and there is never a specific lifespan for dental implants.
How can I make my dental implant last as long as possible?
Because there’s no true guaranteed time period dental implants will last, taking extra precautions and means of care will be vital, especially because the parts of a dental implant and the procedure that takes place is not easy on the wallet. No worries, though, you can definitely ensure your dental implant will last a very long time with little to no replacements!
Here are some important tips to consider:
- Treat your dental implant as any other tooth.
- Brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash twice a day as always. Opt for special flossing devices if you have trouble flossing with your dental implant.
- Don’t skip out on your biannual (or more if recommended) dental cleanings/checkups.
- Consult a dentist regarding any oral-related problems you discover, whether or not it has directly to do with your dental implant (Strong, healthy gums are vital for both regular teeth and dental implants). Don’t ignore any symptoms or problems you come across as this could be serious.
- Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist questions when it comes to the care or other aspects of your dental implant. They’re here to help and provide assistance when necessary.
- Avoid or reduce smoking and drinking. These two habits can contribute to oral-related problems not ideal for dental implant patients especially. Be kind to your dental implant, and be responsible with smoking and drinking.