How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Wondering “How Long Do Dental Implants Last?” We have the answers to your question. Are you missing a tooth, several teeth, or need to get your teeth replaced due to an accident, age, or dental problem? Have you been looking at ways to replace your teeth? Dental implants are a great way to get your smile back! Two of the most asked questions we get about dental implants are “Are they permanent?” and “How long do they last?”. We are here to answer these questions and help you make your choice of teeth replacement a little easier!
What are Dental Implants?
First, we will briefly summarize what a dental implant is. In our last article, “How Much Does A Full Mouth Of Dental Implants Cost?”, we discuss the history and details of what dental implants are, what they do and how they are utilized in dentistry today. Dental implants are permanent, and three main components make up the implant.
The three components that make up a dental implant are:
- The titanium screw
- The abutment
- The crown
Our previous article breaks down a dental implant procedure:
“Dental implants are created by inserting a titanium screw directly into the jaw bone. The titanium screw will bond over time (about 6-8 weeks) to the bone and allow the screw to become an anchor that mimics a tooth root. After the bonding and healing process is over, an abutment or connector is attached. This abutment allows for a custom-made crown resembling your natural teeth to be cemented in place.”
Types of Implants
There are quite a few types of implants. All implants are created with the components above. However, there is a difference in the process and procedure. We will be discussing the most common types of implants in this article.
Single & Full mouth Implants
A single implant and full mouth implant procedure are done by replacing each missing tooth with the screw, abutment, and crown. This procedure is typically done in 2 surgeries. The first part is implanting the screw, and the second is adding the abutment and attaching the crown.
All-on-4 takes the implant procedure and uses it to create anchors in the upper part of the mouth and lower part of the jaw. There are 4 or sometimes 5 or 6 screws embedded into the jawline (double the amount if you need upper and lower implants). These screws act as anchors, and an entire upper or lower denture is then attached to create a permanent mouthpiece.
Aptly named, same-day implants give you the chance to change your smile in as little as a day! You will leave the office after your dental implant procedure with a complete set of temporary teeth. Once your gums and bone heal, you will receive your permanent crowns. This type of implant is an excellent option for those who cannot go without having teeth or do not feel comfortable with not having teeth while they heal. Working adults can benefit greatly from this option because they are in and out in a day, there is no downtime, and they can leave the office confidently with a full smile.
Dental Implants VS. Removable Dentures
As stated above and the answer to the first question, dental implants are permanent solutions for a lost tooth or teeth. There is no removable part or denture when you have a dental implant. Dental implants last longer and have a greater success rate compared to removable dentures. Your bone and jaw structure remain intact because the screws are placed to mimic the tooth’s root. Because implants are made of titanium and porcelain, resin, or ceramic, they will not decay. Unlike a denture, implants will not need to be adjusted or resized. Implants are comfortable, functional and you take care of them like you would your natural teeth. Read on to learn how long dental implants last.
The Life of Dental Implants
The second most common question about implants is, “How long do dental implants last?” The simple answer is FOREVER. Dental implants are a permanent and lifetime replacement for your natural teeth. With the proper care, your implants will look as great 20 years from now as they did on the first day you got them. Depending on where your implants are, there is general wear and tear. The teeth you chew with will wear down faster than teeth in the back of your mouth. They might, and we stress they might need replacing because of wear and tear or if they are not taken care of properly.
Why They Decline
Implants will typically decline if they are not taken care of. This means they are neglected in terms of dental hygiene. Even though you might have all your natural teeth replaced, it is essential to take care of your gums and whole mouth. Smoking, tobacco use, and medical conditions like diabetes or periodontal disease can lead to the decline of your implants. It is important to speak with your dentist about keeping your implants in good condition.
How to Avoid Implant Failure
To avoid having your implants fail or decline, follow these simple dental implants maintenance tips to keep your smile healthy and your implants lasting a lifetime.
- Visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning
- Don’t bite or chew anything that you shouldn’t – for example, pull plastic clothing tags off or open packages with your teeth.
- Continue with daily dental hygiene practices.
Ask The Professionals
If you are considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, consult with your dentist to figure out which implant is right for you. If you are near our office, Castle Valley Dental, in Castle Rock, CO, we are eager to help you get your smile back! If you aren’t sure if you are within a reasonable distance of our office, a simple “Dentist near me” search will show you if we are located close to you! Visit our website and schedule an appointment for a consultation with our friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced dental team.