How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

If you’re one of the 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, you’ve probably considered your tooth replacement options. While you have several options to replace a missing tooth (or teeth), dental implants provide aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting results. 

Dr. Roberto Palmieri, accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, wants your new implant to look natural and beautiful without sacrificing stability and durability. That’s why we here at Palmieri Dentistry in Mooresville, North Carolina, proudly offer Straumann® brand titanium implant bases, which are well-known for their longevity and stability.

Are you considering a dental implant? Here’s what you need to know about the lifespan of this popular dental restoration. 

How long will your new dental implant last?

Dental implants contain three components: 

  1. A titanium post to serve as a prosthetic tooth root
  2. An abutment to join the titanium post with the dental crown
  3. A dental crown that serves as your prosthetic tooth

The titanium post is designed to be permanent thanks to osseointegration. Osseointegration is a process in which your jawbone fuses with a biocompatible material, in this case, titanium. This is what makes a dental implant so strong and sturdy. 

While dental implant posts are intended to serve as permanent prosthetic tooth roots, dental crowns may need to be replaced due to normal wear-and-tear. With the right dental care, however, 50%-80% of crowns attached to the implant can last as long as 20 years. 

Avoiding implant failure

Dental implant failure is a rare but serious event in which your implant doesn’t successfully fuse with your jawbone. There are two key strategies to avoid this. 

Most importantly, stop smoking. Smoking can compromise the osseointegration process and contribute to implant failure. Without the successful fusion of your post and jawbone, your implant won't be able to support your crown.

Peri-implantitis is another cause of implant failure. This is a type of infection that develops around your implant and along your gums. This infection is often the result of poor dental hygiene, so a solid at-home oral care routine can reduce your risk of developing this infection. 

Keeping your dental implant as healthy as possible

Once your dental implant is placed, you can maximize the life of your implant by:

Because dental implants can last for decades with the right care, they’re a beautiful and permanent solution for missing teeth. 

If you’re missing a tooth, schedule your consultation today and find out if dental implants are right for you. You can book your appointment online or reach us by phone at 704-247-6336.

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