How long will dental implants last?
A good way to answer this question is: how long are natural teeth supposed to last? They should last a lifetime, but we all know that there are many cases where a tooth does not a serve its purpose for a lifetime.
The majority of dental problems stem from the lack of proper at-home oral hygiene or reluctance to seek dental treatment when needed. We stress prevention for natural teeth, but it’s equally important to protect your investment with conscientious care for your new dental implant.
The easy answer is that, with proper oral health care and regular dental exams and cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. However, there really are no guarantees, because each person’s health is dependent on factors that are out of your dentist’s control. These include ensuring proper nutrition, compliance with diligent at-home oral hygiene practices, genetics, and other diseases, which might occur.
The answer to this question really is that no one can predict exactly how long an individual implant will last. Success can also be influenced by lifestyle habits like smoking and the skill of the doctor you’ve chosen to do your implants... these things can tip the scales in your favor.
- I consulted a dentist several years and he told me that I didn’t have adequate bone to place in-the-bone implants without fracturing my now fragile jawbone. Are there any alternatives?
- My husband lost all his teeth from gum disease. He refuses to wear "false teeth". Would implants give him the look and function of natural teeth?