Dental implants are the most reliable solution to replace missing teeth because they closely replicate the natural structure of a lost tooth. The multi-phased treatment process and materials used allow them to have over a 95% success rate, but how long do dental implant last? With the right care, you can enjoy your new smile for several decades!
When Do Dental Implants Need to Be Replaced?
Over 500,000 people each year are turning to dental implants to replace their lost teeth because they are a cost-effective investment. Although they initially cost more upfront than traditional treatments, like a bridge and crown, they are more affordable long-term because they should never need to be replaced with the right aftercare.
The implant posts are surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as new roots. They stimulate your jaw to encourage new bone growth. This allows your jaw to fuse to the posts through a process called osseointegration. Not only does this provide a stable foundation for your prosthetic teeth, but it also allows them to remain in place forever with the right care over the years.
Although the implant posts should never need to be replaced, the restorations suffer daily wear and tear. As a result, they need to be replaced about every 10 years, but there are several things you can do to promote their longevity, such as not using your teeth as tools.
How Can I Ensure My Dental Implants Last?
The biggest threat to the long-term success of dental implants is a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. It is like gum disease, so it can destroy the supporting structures of your implant posts. If the infection is left untreated, it will lead to implant failure; however, with quick action, your dentist can often stop the damage from spreading to save your smile.
To reduce your risk of implant failure, it’s best to maintain your oral hygiene at home. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your mouth at least twice a day. This effectively removes plaque and bacteria while keeping your restorations looking flawless. Besides brushing, don’t forget to floss any remaining natural teeth and your abutments daily. Many people find it easier to use a water flosser to clean the hard-to-reach places.
In addition to your home oral hygiene habits, it’s best to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. This allows your dentist to monitor your oral health to ensure your dental implants last.
Protect Your Investment!
Your new smile can serve you for a lifetime if you commit to maintaining your dental health. If a problem arises, don’t wait until it’s too late to see your dentist.
About Dr. Brian C. Oyler
Dr. Brian C. Oyler is committed to creating healthy, beautiful smiles. Besides earning his dental degree, he has undergone advanced training in many areas of specialty to provide cutting-edge dentistry, including dental implants. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth using a lasting solution, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants.