Dental implants are the highest quality replacement option for missing teeth. They are made of quality, biocompatible materials and are surgically placed in the jaw. It is for this reason that they last longer than other dental prosthetics.
But how long do dental implants actually last? Do they ever need to be replaced? Learn the answer to these questions and more about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth and root system. It consists of a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw. Titanium is a biocompatible material that fuses with the bone to form a solid bond. The fusion process is called osseointegration and once it is complete the implant is capable of supporting a dental crown. Multiple implants can support larger prosthetics such as bridges and dentures.
Average Lifespan of a Dental Implant
Once a dental implant has successfully fused with the jaw bone, it can last forever. In most cases it will last for 30 years or the rest of your life unless there is a particular problem.
What Causes Dental Implants to Fail?
A dental implant may fail if the following situations occur:
- Incorrect placement. Proper placement is crucial for the success of a dental implant. Precision and accuracy are required to place the implant at the necessary depth for adequate fusion.
- Bone loss in the jaw. If there is bone loss in your jaw due to osteoporosis, it can cause a dental implant to fail.
- Poor oral hygiene. Failing to brush and floss your teeth can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, both of which can damage your jaw bone and cause an implant to fail.
Average Lifespan of the Prosthetic Portion of a Dental Implant
Although the implanted portion of a dental implant can last forever, the dental prosthetic may not. A crown, bridge, or dentures will eventually wear down after 10-15 years of chewing and will need to be replaced. Some prosthetics last for 20 years or more with good care, but you can still expect to need to replace it at least once in your lifetime.
Do Dental Implants Last Longer Than Bridges?
Dental implants last much longer than bridges for a few reasons. Bridges rely on the healthy teeth for support of the prosthetic. The teeth on each side of the gap are fitted with crowns, which means a layer of enamel is removed to make room for the crown. Over time the force of chewing can damage the support teeth, requiring replacement of those teeth as well.
Dental implants exist independently of the other teeth in your mouth. Their support comes from the implant that is securely bonded with the jaw. This allows them to last forever with proper support.
Do Implant Supported Dentures Last Longer Than Traditional?
Implant supported dentures are anchored to the jaw with about 4-6 dental implants. This allows them to stay securely in place while you chew and talk, which minimizes the amount of wear and tear. Traditional dentures don’t last as long because they are more likely to slip out of place and grind together when you chew.
Get Quality Dental Implants From Dental Wellness Team
At Dental Wellness Team we have the experience and technology to place your dental implants with accuracy and precision for the greatest chance of success. We also use dental implants made of the highest quality materials that are designed to last. The vast majority of our patients have dental implants that last for the rest of their lives.
To learn more, call 954-796-3355 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.