COMPONENTS OF A DENTAL IMPLANT
To fully understand the question “how long do dental implants last,” let’s first outline the three main components of a dental implant:
1. Implant – The implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone of a patient and acts as a root for the crown.
2. Abutment – The abutment is attached to the implant and holds the crown in place.
3. Crown – The crown is a ceramic tooth that is fastened to the abutment and provides the look of a natural tooth.
The exposed abutment and the crown are usually more susceptible to damage than is the implant itself.
SO HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?
The implant itself can last a lifetime if properly maintained with sufficient brushing and flossing, ensuring that the patient receives regular dental check-ups twice a year. Nonetheless, a crown is expected to last about 10 to 15 years until normal wear may cause the tooth to need replacement, while excellent dental hygiene may extend the life beyond 15 years.
Mouth location is also one factor in a dental implant’s predicted lifespan. Implants in the back of the mouth get more pressure from chewing, which can cause them to fail faster than implants close to the front of the mouth.
DENTAL IMPLANTS VS. OTHER TOOTH-REPLACEMENT OPTIONS
A dental implant is meant to be a permanent solution for missing teeth and has become the standard option for replacing teeth. Like dentures, there is enough support for a dental implant that functions like a natural tooth and can endure bite or chewing without slipping. Since dental implants are fixed to the inner jawbone, they are not susceptible to deterioration and are not putting stress on neighboring teeth, both of which are common dental bridge issues.
WHAT FACTORS CAN CAUSE AN IMPLANT TO FAIL?
If properly cared for, dental implants have long-term, permanent longevity, but there are several factors that can cause an implant to fail prematurely. People with diabetes or a pre-existing medical condition, such as cancer, are at higher risk for failure of the dental implant.
As with natural teeth, dental implants must be preserved by daily brushing and flossing. In severe cases, poor home treatment can result in periodontal (gum) disease, another culprit that may hinder a dental implant’s progress.
What are the advantages of implant-supported full bridges and implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures?
Dental implants offer some advantages over other options for replacing the teeth. In addition to looking and acting like natural teeth, full bridges or dentures supported by implants are built for long-lasting durability. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures are also more secure and stable than traditional dentures so you can maintain a more natural ability to bite and chew.
Additionally, because full bridges and dentures supported by implants will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. The bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots starts to resorb (deteriorate) when modern dentures are made. Dental implants blend with your jawbone, helping to keep your bone intact and healthy.
Implants can be more esthetic and easier to maintain in the long term than traditional dentures. The loss of bone that goes with traditional dentures leads to jawbone contraction and a broken, unattractive face. Conventional dentures make eating certain foods difficult.
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