How Long Do Dental Implants Last
Dental implants are permanent solutions to missing teeth and can restore both a person’s oral function and aesthetics. The procedure has become popular because it lasts a long time without requiring frequent replacements, unlike bridges and dentures. On average, dental implants can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. However, it is possible for the implants to last longer than 30 years.
The exact lifetime of the implants depends on how good you are with post-op instructions, especially in the first few weeks after the dental implant procedure. Another factor is your choice of oral surgeon. As long as you go to experienced dentists, such as Dr. Colin M. McKinney and Dr. McKinney, you can get the most out of your dental implant procedure.
To fully understand how long dental implants last, it is important to take a look at their main components. Most dental implants are made of:
||The screw (the dental implant) made out of titanium or zirconium that serves as the interface between your teeth and gums
||The abutment (used to secure a fake tooth)
||The crown (orthodontic appliance that serves as your tooth)
Although the implant itself lasts for 20 to 30 years (or more), the abutment and crown may require replacement after 10 to 15 years of usage. Poor usage may require urgent replacement as early as five years into the dental implant procedure. This is because the abutment and crown are directly exposed to the food particles and chewing forces, leading to rapid wear and tear.
Bruxism may also accelerate wear and tear on dental implant components, requiring more frequent replacement. This is why some dentists may not work on patients with bruxism until they manage their symptoms.
Infections and Gum Disease
The patient’s health (both oral and general) plays a crucial role on how long their dental implants last. Oral health is a determining factor in how quickly your mouth heals after the dental implant procedure. Any complications from the surgery, including infections such as peri-implantitis and gum disease, can lead to dental implant failure.
Patients who stay on top of their oral hygiene are able to minimize gum disease and infection. Simple practices such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash, can go a long way in improving the longevity of dental implants. The implant itself isn’t vulnerable to bacteria and infections; however, the gums and jawbone that secures the implant can become weakened. This ultimately leads to failed dental implants.
Unhealthy Habits Like Smoking
Smoking has an adverse impact on dental implants because it constricts blood vessels in the gum tissues. This can lead to dental implant failure. Many dentists refuse to work on patients who smoke because of this reason. Patients should avoid smoking, at least for the first two months after post-op, to let their mouths fully heal.
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