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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Apr 30, 2024   |   192 Views

If you have lost a tooth, you may be considering implants as a permanent tooth replacement. Dental implants are a biocompatible solution, designed to offer a long-term replacement for your missing teeth. Before getting into the procedure, many patients ask a common question: “How long do implants last?”. To help you understand the durability of dental implants, we will go through the details of their procedure.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The implant procedure generally involves multiple steps, starting with an initial consultation to assess your candidacy for this treatment. If you are a good candidate, your dentist will create a customized plan to target your specific oral needs.

The most important step of the procedure is implant surgery. Your dentist will surgically insert one or more implant posts in your jawbone. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Over a period of 3 to 6 months, the implant posts fuse with the surrounding bone to create a stable foundation.

After the healing period, a custom-made restoration will be connected to the implants. It could be a crown, bridge, or a full denture, depending on the number of missing teeth.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

What Is The Average Lifespan of Dental Implants?

As mentioned earlier, dental implants are uniquely designed to be a durable solution for replacing missing or severely damaged teeth. With proper care and oral hygiene maintenance, most dental implants can last up to 20 years or more. The implant post inserted in your jawbone permanently fuses with your bone and provides a durable base for restorations.

However, the restorations attached to the implants may require repair or replacement after 5 to 15 years. Routine dental checkups, proper oral hygiene, and a healthy lifestyle are crucial for ensuring the longevity of this treatment.

Factors That Can Affect The Longevity of Implants

The average lifespan of dental implants can be influenced by many factors, which include:

  • Oral Hygiene: Lack of oral hygiene can lead to plaque accumulation and gum disease, which may eventually cause implant failure.
  • Bone Density: If you have thin or weak bone to begin with, your implants may not last long. Discuss your options with your dentist before the treatment.
  • Diet: Although you can enjoy all types of foods with implants, biting or chewing hard foods may damage the implant restoration.
  • Lifestyle Habits: Chronic smoking and alcohol consumption can negatively impact your oral health, affecting the longevity of this treatment.
  • Teeth Grinding: Those who have the habit of grinding or clenching their teeth at night (bruxism) may require early repair or replacement.

Final Words

With proper care and maintenance, I assure you that dental implants can last for several years. I suggest scheduling regular dental visits and adopting good oral hygiene practices to enhance the lifespan of this treatment. If you have further queries, reach out to me or my team at Sugar Land Periodontics and Implant Dentistry by dialing (979) 553-7252. We are here to provide personalized solutions for your oral care needs.


Dr. Hiru Mathur

Dr. Hiru Mathur, a board certified Periodontist since 1999, brings expertise in Periodontal & Implant Surgery. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas, Houston, she remains devoted to refining clinical skills. A star ambassador for Asian American Family Services, Dr. Mathur is committed to community well-being. She proudly aligns with esteemed organizations such as the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and more.

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