How Long Do Dental Implants Last
Dental implants are a common procedure used to help fill the gap left behind by missing teeth. The surgery has a 95% to 98% success rate and is highly popular due to its durability and longevity. When performed by a skilled dentist, dental implants can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. Dental implants last this long because they are made from either zirconia or titanium.
The Anatomy of a Dental Implant
All dental implants are composed of three parts:
||The implant itself
The implants are skillfully inserted into the jawbone where they are allowed to fuse with it, thereby providing a solid foundation to the crown. It is worth discussing that the crown itself (the false tooth), may require replacement every five to 10 years, depending on how good the patient has been with their oral hygiene.
This is primarily because the crown is constantly exposed to food particles and chewing forces that accelerate wear and tear. All dental implants use an abutment to hold the crown. This abutment is highly vulnerable to damage and may require replacement. However, patients can increase the lifespan of both crown and abutment by regularly brushing and flossing their teeth. It is also recommended to receive a dental checkup once every six months to have the dental implant inspected.
The Location of the Dental Implant
The location of the dental implant also determines how long it lasts. For example, a dental implant located in the front of the jaw is likely to last longer than an implant located in the molars. This is because the back teeth are responsible for exerting the majority of chewing forces, which accelerates wear and tear.
With that said, it is important to note that dental implants will last longer than traditional dentures.
What Can I Do to Improve the Longevity of My Dental Implants?
For starters, you should carefully follow the dentist’s post-op instructions. The first few weeks after dental implant surgery are extremely important because the implant is still fusing with the bone. The next step is to stay on top of your oral hygiene routine by flossing and brushing your teeth regularly. Make sure your implant is healthy by brushing it twice a day for at least two minutes.
Rinse your mouth with mouthwash to clear away any food particles in your mouth and freshen your breath. Make sure to see Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman once every six months for an oral checkup. Our dentists at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence will check the health of your dental implant, as well as the rest of your mouth. Regular checkups will go a long way in preventing tooth decay and ensure that your dental implants last a long time.
Finally, it goes without saying that you should have an expert oral surgeon perform dental implant restoration. Our dentists have years of experience in all things related to cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants. Call us at (336) 444-2772 to schedule an appointment with our friendly dentists.