Dental implants are the current best option for tooth replacement. A dental implant can replace a single tooth or act as an anchor for a bridge or dentures. There are many benefits of dental implants, including their longevity. Implants are the longest lasting tooth replacement option available.
How long do dental implants last? Here’s what you can expect.
Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
The average lifespan of a dental implant is anywhere from 10 -30 years. This means that most likely, depending on your age when you get an implant, it will last for the rest of your life. No other tooth replacement option has the ability to last that long. When you get a dental implant, you are making an investment in your dental health for your lifetime.
Why Do Dental Implants Last So Long?
What is it about dental implants that make them last? Why do they outlast other tooth replacement options? It’s because of their design.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth and root system. It consists of an implant root, an abutment, and a crown. The implant root is a titanium post with threads (ridges) like a screw. The implant root is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Titanium is a biocompatible material that will fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration. This process takes a few months, but once a solid bond is formed, it can last for many years.
The Crown May Not Last as Long
A few months after your implant root is placed and has had time to fully bond with the bone, an abutment and crown can be attached. The abutment is just a post that extends from the root up through the gums for the crown to attach to. The crown is typically made of porcelain, which is durable and resembles natural tooth enamel.
While the implant root can last many years, the crown portion of your dental implant may not. The crown may only last 10-15 years before it will need to be replaced due to typical wear and tear. It may last longer for some, but this is the average timeframe. The cost of the crown is much less than the cost of the whole dental implant, so replacing the crown once or maybe twice in your lifetime isn’t too significant.
What Can I Do to Make My Dental Implant Last Longer?
For a dental implant to last for many years, it does take some basic maintenance on your part. For example:
Dental Implants at Periodontal Associates
If you’re in need of one or more dental implants, Periodontal Associates can provide you with this long lasting tooth replacement option. We place dental implants for single tooth replacement as well as dental implant supported bridges and dentures. With careful, accurate placement your dental implant can last forever.