How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on March 27, 2018
Dental implants are considered to be the most long-lasting solution to missing teeth. These dental restorations consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Because the post bonds with the surrounding bone, it acts as a strong and durable foundation to the replacement tooth that will fit in the gap left by the missing tooth. The replacement tooth looks and functions as a natural tooth.
If you are considering dental implants, you are likely wondering exactly how long they last and whether you will need to have them replaced at some point. Here, Sonoran Dental Design in Scottsdale shares the answers to these questions in detail.
Dental Implants Can Potentially Last Many Years
Dental implants are designed to last for many years, so long as they are properly cared for. Good oral hygiene includes brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, and visiting the dentist for regular examinations. Failure to practice good oral hygiene habits can cause bacteria to build up, which in turn leads to inflammation around the implant. Inflammation can turn into gum disease, which if left untreated, can cause the jawbone to deteriorate and the implant to fall out.
Other factors that affect the longevity of dental implants include:
Overall health. Certain health conditions can affect healing and lead to implant failure. Ideal candidates for dental implants are individuals who are in good overall health and have no serious health conditions.
Smoking. Smoking drastically increases your risk of implant failure.
Chewing on hard objects. Biting down on hard objects like ice and bottle caps can fracture and crack your replacement tooth. This damage can expose the dental implant to bacteria and further damage.
Placement of implants. Dental implants placed near the front of the mouth tend to last longer than those placed in the back of the mouth.
The skill of the dentist that places the implant. Proper placement of dental implants requires the precision and skill of a dentist who is trained and experienced in implant dentistry. This is important because an experienced implant dentist knows how to produce safe results, and how to handle complications, should they arise.
The team at Sonoran Dental Design are the trusted choice for dental implants in Scottsdale and the surrounding area. To find out if implants are right for you, schedule a consultation with us. Contact us by calling (480) 419-9595 or emailing us today.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily