Your teeth are made to last a lifetime, but that is not usually the case for most people. The majority of adults over 50 have lost at least one tooth, and many younger people are also missing teeth. The undisputed best option for replacing a tooth is a dental implant, but you may wonder how long an implant will last once it is inserted. At Dentistry by Design in Richardson, TX, we create dental implants that can last a lifetime with the right standard of care.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, but like teeth, this greatly depends on the individual and the dentist caring for the implant. Dental implants are the titanium post that are inserted into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone. Once the osseointegration is complete, the dental implant can last for decades if the patient maintains healthy bones and performs the necessary oral care. That being said, there are times when a dental implant may need repair or restoration.
The most common issues with dental implants usually do not involve the actual implant. Dental crowns, bridges and dentures that are attached to the implant with an abutment are the most common dental implant failures. Dental restorations can crack or break, just like natural teeth. The components that attach the restorations to the implant can also fail and may need to be replaced if they are damaged.
90-95% of dental implants are successful for 10 years or more. Healthy individuals that maintain good oral hygiene and complete routine dental maintenance have a high chance of keeping their dental implants for a lifetime. However, there are some factors that can increase risk of a dental implant failure, including:
The good news is that most people can enjoy their dental implants for the rest of their life when they follow the recommended maintenance plan. To learn more about dental implants or implant restorations, call us at Dentistry by Design in Richardson, TX.