Dental Implant Lifespan and Durability
Dental implants are an ideal solution for adult tooth loss. Dental implants are small titanium screws that fuse with the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Dental implants can secure a wide range of dental restorations, including dental crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Dental implants offer numerous benefits that set them apart from other tooth loss treatments. One of the most notable advantages of dental implants is their lifespan and durability. Individuals in Troy, MI, Birmingham, MI, and Bloomfield, MI, can work with Dr. Craig Goldin, of the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, to learn more about dental implant treatment and the anticipated lifespan of this treatment for missing teeth.
Superior Durability of Dental Implants
Traditional dental bridges and dentures are effective solutions for tooth loss, but they cannot match dental implants in terms of stability and durability. After dental implant surgery, the bone tissues in the jaw heal around the implant. This process, known as osseointegration, fuses dental implants with the jaw tissues, enabling the implant to act as an artificial tooth root. Dental implants anchor dental restorations in place so they do not slip or shift, which is a common problem with dentures.
Dental implants offer better durability than traditional dental restorations. Once osseointegration occurs, the dental implant is essentially a part of the jaw. Dental implants are durable enough to withstand all the wear and tear of usual oral functions.
What Is the Average Dental Implant Lifespan?
Dental implants are more costly than other tooth loss treatments, so it is natural for patients to wonder if treatment is worth the investment. On average, dental implants last far longer than other dental restorations. With proper care, dental implants last around 25 to 30 years. Caring for dental implants to prolong their lifespan is easy. We recommend these care practices to get the most life out of dental implants:
- Brush the teeth at least twice a day
- Floss the teeth at least once daily
- Schedule biannual dental exams and cleanings
- Avoid bad dental habits, such as nail biting, using the teeth as tools, grinding, and clenching
Will I Ever Need to Have My Dental Implants Replaced?
The need for dental implant replacement depends predominantly on a patient’s oral health and their age when they undergo treatment. Since tooth loss usually occurs later in life and dental implants can last up to 30 years, most patients never require dental implant replacement.
Patients should understand that dental implants are different than dental restorations. Dental implants are placed in the jaw and hold dental restorations in place. Dental restorations bite and break down food. They are more prone to general wear and tear and oral injury. While dental implants often last for a patient’s lifetime, the dental restorations that sit atop dental implants may need to be replaced at some point. Most dental restorations last around 10 to 15 years.
If you have experienced the loss of one or more of your adult teeth, dental implants may be right for you. Dental implants are the most stable and durable tooth loss treatment and the closest replacement to natural teeth. To learn more about dental implants and whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment, contact the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute online or call (248) 519-1919 and schedule an appointment.