Lifespan of Dental Implants

When it comes to dental implants, many patients who are considering the procedure view this potential health investment the way they would any other major purchase. One of the most important considerations for them tends to be, “How long will my dental implants last?”

The good news for those researching dental implants is that they can last a lifetime if properly cared for, and they have an overall success rate above 95 percent. But, as with many major purchases, the longevity of implants depends largely on how they are cared for. Here are a few tips for maximizing the lifespan of this type of dental restoration. Dental Implant

How to help your dental implants last a lifetime

  1. Care for your dental implants the way you would natural teeth. Caring for your dental implants means maintaining a twice daily brushing and once daily flossing routine, and using any other cleaning aids your dentist may suggest. Do not skip your dental appointments, as regular check-ups are crucial to keeping your mouth healthy. Your dentist will want to examine the state of your implant-supported teeth at your check-ups. They cannot get cavities, but the teeth do experience the same wear and tear that natural teeth do.
  2. Quit bad habits that endanger your teeth. If you haven’t stopped smoking yet, check out a program to help you do that, since it places your gums, teeth, and other parts of your body at risk. Also, your dental implants can be damaged if you use them to tear, cut, rip or crush things, so stop thinking of “teeth as tools.” They aren’t!
  3. After having your dental implants placed, keep your follow-up appointments. Another common cause of implant failure relates to excess cement left around the crown on top of the embedded implants. The cement, if not cleaned away, can cause hard or soft tissue issues in your mouth. You can reduce the risk of this issue interfering with the longevity of your implants by faithfully keeping all follow-up appointments for your implant procedure.

Dental implants can make a dramatic difference in a patient’s smile and lifestyle, and they can last a lifetime if the appropriate precautions are taken,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix.

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