How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Several of us can feel insecure about our smiles. Maybe your teeth are crooked or you have a gap between your two front teeth or you’re missing a tooth. If you had to have a tooth removed or lost it for a number of reasons, dental implants are usually the best solution. They are preferred over less permanent solutions such as dentures for their sustainability and longevity if cared for properly. If it’s time to restore your smile and ensure your mouth is healthy and happy, you might want to consider dental implants! Your dentist can help you in deciding if you’re a candidate for them.

hands holding a model of dental implants

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants not only are aesthetically pleasing, they also make it easier to chew, speak and feel more secure in your mouth. They are made of titanium and placed in your jawbone in the spot where your tooth once was. This means they can withstand the wear and tear of a regular healthy tooth and won’t be vulnerable to decay. The specific type of titanium used will bond with bone over the course of a few months creating a lasting base. Dental implants should be treated like your normal teeth, brushing and flossing daily, drinking water, using mouthwash, having them checked at least twice a year, etc.

Lifespan of Dental Implants

If you follow through with good dental habits on a day-to-day basis, your implants can last for years at a time. As research and dental medicine advance, the life of a proper implant can be 25 years or more. Studies show 90% of implants will still be in good shape at the 10 year mark. The location of the implant does matter though. Teeth located in the back of your mouth might last for a shorter amount of time since they experience more use from chewing. It’s important to keep in mind, poor hygiene, pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, smoking, chewing on things such as pens, can all shorten the lifespan of your implant. It’s very much a case-by-case basis, but overall a wonderful choice as technology and dental practices continue to progress.

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How Long Do Dental Implants Last? was last modified: December 5th, 2018 by Palos Heights Family Dental