The Longevity of Dental Implants
Here at David Crumpton, DDS we are frequently asked of how long implants are going to last So, let’s just discuss that for a few moments.
How Long Do Implants Last?
If you and our office professionals have discussed your tooth replacement options and decided that dental implants are possibly the way to go, then comes the inevitable question; how long are these dental implants going to last? There are a lot of things that will affect the longevity of a patient’s dental implant and the biggest of those is the patient’s general overall lifestyle and their daily dental hygiene routine.
Dental technology has advanced through the years which reduces the possibility that a dental implant would fail due to a functionality issue. To help you better understand the question of how long an implant will last, it is important to first understand some of the key components of the dental implant itself.
What Are the Components of a Dental Implant?
The implant itself is a post made out of titanium. The post is then surgically placed inside the jawbone of the patient and that post then replaces the missing tooth’s root. Next comes the abutment which is what is attached to the post and will keep the crown in place. The crown replaces the tooth. It is usually ceramic and gets attached to the abutment. This is what provides that actual natural look of the tooth. In truth, it is the abutment and the crown itself that generally can be damaged more than the actual dental implant that is directly connected to the jawbone.
How Can You Maintain or Increase the Implant’s Longevity?
The dental implant has become the ‘standard’ or ‘go-to’ tooth-replacement option in terms of solutions for missing teeth. The implant, unlike dentures, does provide sufficient support and acts much like the natural tooth. It is able to hold up to biting and chewing all day long without the slipping dentures have become famous for. In addition, it gives the jaw the “exercise” it needs to maintain or increase its density.
When implants are properly cared for, they do indeed provide long term support. There are certain things that could cause premature implant failure. Patients who suffer from any pre-existing medical conditions such as cancers, heart disease, diabetes or other conditions could put them at a higher risk for failure with dental implants
Just as with our natural teeth, our dental implants need to have regular maintenance through our daily oral hygiene routines, such as brushing twice a day and regular flossing. It is important to note that poor hygiene or neglect can lead to increased gum disease which can also lead to the implant failing to last as long as you might like it to.
Be sure to contact us here at David Crumpton, DDS if you have questions or concerns regarding implants or implant procedures or techniques or if you are experiencing any pain at all with your implant. We are always happy to talk with you. Give our office a call at 817-678-7395. We look forward to hearing from you.