Dental Implants: How Long Do They Last?

Dental implants or teeth implants are screw-like metal posts used in dental implant procedures to act as an artificial tooth root for your new tooth. These could be a dental crown, dental bridge or dentures. If you experience tooth loss and are considering this treatment, it’s helpful to know how long they can last. This way, you can make an informed decision about whether or not this treatment is for you.

While a dental implant is not a permanent solution, it can typically last up to 10 to 15 years. But with proper care, you can expect their lifespan to be until 25 years or more.

Factors Affecting The Lifespan Of A Dental Implant

Several factors can affect the longevity of teeth implants, including:

Medical Conditions And Medications

Certain medical conditions, like poorly controlled diabetes, can decrease the success rate of dental implants. Diabetes can delay healing and make you more susceptible to infection. On the other hand, even if osseointegration is successful, implant failure can still occur due to tissue loss around the implant caused by diabetes.

Certain medications, such as steroids, cancer therapies, and immunosuppressants, can also affect implant lifespan. These drugs can interfere with healing by inhibiting fibroblast activity, blocking tissue contraction, delaying collagen synthesis and making you more susceptible to infection.

Lifestyle Choices

  • Smoking

     

    Smoking can also damage your gums by decreasing blood flow and preventing oxygen from reaching the tissue. As a result, your implants may become loose or fall out, giving them a shorter lifespan. It interferes with osseointegration (the process by which the implant fuses to the jawbone) and the healing process, leading to dental implant failure, requiring you to replace or remove the implants.
  • Alcohol Consumption

    Some studies found that heavy alcohol consumption is associated with late dental implant failure. It’s because alcohol can result in dry mouth and dehydration, which can cause gum disease.

  • Diet

    A healthy diet is vital for a number of reasons, including the health of your teeth and gums. Eating hard or chewy food can damage your implants or wear down the enamel on your natural teeth. In addition, you should avoid sugary and acidic drinks, which can cause tooth decay. 

Implant  Material

The two major materials used in this procedure are titanium and zirconia. Titanium is more popular and made of steel, while zirconia is a newer alternative and ceramic. Both are strong materials, but titanium resists fracture in places with higher chewing loads than the latter

Habits

  • Grinding Or Clenching Teeth (Bruxism)
    Bruxism is a common condition wherein a patient unconsciously clenches or grinds their teeth. This habit can put unnecessary stress on your implants, leading to their loosening and eventually falling out. In addition, implants take time to fuse with your jawbone, so severe bruxism right after your dental implant surgery can result in implant failure.
  • Oral Hygiene
    Poor dental hygiene can cause gum disease due to plaque accumulation around the implant. It can then cause the implant to become loose and eventually fall out. The formation of bacteria in the mouth also impacts the soft and hard tissues around the implants, which can lead to bone loss and failure.


    While good oral hygiene is important even without implants, it is especially beneficial right after the dental implant procedure and must be followed forever to achieve the optimum lifespan of your implants and prevent other potential oral issues.

How Do You Maintain Your Dental Implants?

Below are tips to help you maintain your dental implants and keep them in good condition:

  • Maintain a consistent habit of brushing your teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to help keep your gums healthy.

  • Floss your teeth daily using a dental threader to get under the gum line.

  • Schedule regular visits to your dentist at least every six months for checkups and professional teeth cleanings.

  • Consider quitting smoking or limiting the number of cigarettes you smoke each day.

  • Wear a mouth guard at night if you have a habit of grinding your tooth.

  • Cut down on sugary and acidic drinks since they can cause tooth decay.

  • Limit your consumption of hard and chewy food as they may damage your implants and the crowns they support.

Final Thoughts

Dental implants are tooth replacement options lasting for many years, especially with regular brushing and flossing and professional checkups and cleanings. If the quality of your life is affected due to missing teeth or severely damaged teeth and you want to know if dental implants could help you, contact us at 08 9535 4900.

During your initial consultation, one of the dentists at Peel Dental Studio will assess your overall oral health to see if you are a good candidate for dental implant surgery. They will also explain the process and what you can expect, including the cost and answer all questions you might have.

Peel Dental Studio is a state-of-the-art dental clinic with a team of dentists with several years of experience performing implant surgery. Using our advanced technology and techniques, they work hard to provide you with favourable results.

FAQs

Their advantages are that they look and function like your natural teeth, making it easier to bite and speak. As a result, you feel more confident, especially in social situations. They are also durable so that they can last for many years, are easy to care for and helps improve your overall oral health.

The cost of teeth implants varies depending on the number of teeth being replaced, the type of implant you choose and your location. However, on average, they can range from $3,000 to $5,500 per tooth. The 2020 national dental fee survey shows that a single dental implant costs up to $5,514. It’s best to ask your dentist for an accurate estimate.

There are three components of teeth implants, which are the zirconia or titanium post or screw, the abutment attached to the implant screw and the restoration teeth (your new tooth).

Dental implants may be necessary when you are missing one or more teeth and want a replacement that functions like your natural teeth. Note that having a missing tooth results in conditions that may also require you to have a dental implant procedure, including chewing difficulties, sunken-in facial appearance, and speech problems. Moreover, implants can be one of your options if you have loose dentures that affect your self-confidence. They will support your dentures and make them more stable.

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Peel Dental Studio

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Dr. Bailey formerly served on the Australian Dental Association as President, Vice President Treasurer and Country Councillor. He was on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored student dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth.