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How long do dental implants last?

A common question asked by patients who are considering investing in dental implants is “How long will they last"?

The short answer is they are designed to last “a lifetime”, however there are many factors which may affect the longevity of dental implants.

The Lifespan of a Dental Implant

The dental implant is a titanium screw crafted from biocompatible titanium. A material that will not corrode or degrade. It’s designed to be the solid foundation for your new teeth.  

There are many factors that will affect the success of the dental implant. These include:

  • Oral hygiene
  • Medical health eg.smoking, diabetes
  • The skill of the surgeon placing the dental implant.

The Lifespan of a Dental Prosthetic

The dental prosthetic attached to your dental implant is the visible portion of the dental implant.  The average life expectancy of the dental prosthetic is approximately 15 years. The dental prosthetic does not get decay like real teeth. The factors that influence how long the dental prosthetic will last include:

  • Where in the mouth the dental implant is. Back teeth are under more strain than those in the front of the mouth.
  • The design and quality of the material used in the manufacture of the dental prosthetic. Zirconia will last several years longer than acrylic or porcelain.

Replacing the dental prosthetic does not involve removing the dental implant - only the prosthetic itself.

Preventing Peri-Implantitis of Dental Implants

Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory process affecting the tissues around an implant. Left untreated it will result in extensive bone loss around the dental implant and eventual failure of the dental implant.  Often there are no physical symptoms.  

It can be detected early and easily treated with regular dental check ups and maintenance.  There are risk factors that make a person more susceptible to peri-implantitis.  These include:

  • Smoking
  • Poorly controlled diabetes and other immunosuppressive disorders
  • Previous history of gum disease with poor compliance to treatment
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Premature loading of the dental implant during healing
  • Poorly placed implant into inadequate bone (amount and quality)

In summary, how long your dental implant lasts comes down to the ability of the surgeon who places your dental implant, your lifestyle choices, and your commitment to ongoing regular 6 monthly dental check ups and home maintenance.  

To find out if dental implants are right for you, book your appointment with one of our dentists now and, to learn more about dental implants, download our free eBook "Your New Teeth: The How and Why of Dental Implants" by clicking on the image below.

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At Profilo° Surgical, we strive to give you dental implant treatments of the highest standard, that are tailored to meet your individual needs, and designed to be successful and long-lasting.

‘Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.’

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