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10 Jul

How Long Should Dental Implants Last?


Dental Implant Longevity & Durability

Dental implants are referred to as permanent – usually because they last 30+ years (or a lifetime for some patients).

But referring to them as “permanent” is misleading because you’re not stuck with them forever if you choose to remove them for whatever reason.

And in some instances, they can fail due to poor dental implant planning before placement, but we’ll dive deeper into this below.

How long do implants last? Or should last?

As mentioned above, dental implants have an incredible lifespan between 20 and 30 years.

However, how long they last will truly depend on you and how well you maintain and care for your oral health following the procedure.

It’s not just how well you care for your new set of fake teeth over the years but also immediately after they’re placed.

Dental implants require surgical placement, it’s a surgical procedure, which means there’s a chance of infection following placement if you do not follow your aftercare instructions carefully.

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Reasons for dental implant failure

For example, one cause of implant failure in the early stages is smoking.

According to a long-term study following 66 dental implant patients over five years, smokers experienced a failure rate of 15.8%, compared to a 1.4% in nonsmokers. Generally, dental implants have a success rate of 90%+. Source.

Implantation failure can occur due to diabetes, gum disease, certain medications, poor implant placement and insufficient jawbone. Bruxism is also another problem that can affect the longevity of your dental implants, as grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw repeatedly can wear down your prosthetic over time.

All of the above factors will be assessed and planned meticulously during our dental implant consultations, which assess your overall suitability and chances of success.

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Caring for your dental implants to ensure their longevity

While we might have scared you with the above information, caring for your dental implants is actually easy.

As they’re designed to mimic and function just like regular teeth, you’ll need to care for them as such, so there will be no new special oral care hygiene routines you’ll have to learn or develop.

You’ll simply be required to brush your teeth twice daily, floss, see the dentist regularly and stay on top of your oral health.

Post-op instructions will be more specific to ensure you allow the dental implant to heal and integrate properly with the jawbone.

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Attending regular dental check-ups will ensure optimal health

Having artificial teeth will not excuse you from regular dental check-ups, where the dentist will not only just assess your oral health, but the health of your dental implants. And as you are aware, preventive dentistry is always a better approach than restorative dentistry when you’ve ignored problems for too long.

You’ll need to undergo check-ups and hygiene appointments regularly, too, which will keep your gums as healthy as possible and keep your dental implants clean and free from harmful bacteria and decay.