Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, designed to last between 20 and 30 years. However, the exact lifespan of an implant depends on how well you take care of your teeth and your oral hygiene. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for an average of 25 years. Good oral hygiene is essential for the longevity of dental implants.
Brushing twice a day and using regular dental floss can help keep your implant healthy and strong. It's also important to have regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. The amount of use can cause the implant to fail sooner than implants located in the front of the mouth. If you use your teeth as tools to open things like bottles or plastic containers, not only are you at risk of damaging your dental implant, but also your gums and natural teeth.
If your jaw is damaged, your dental implant could come loose, just like the root of a natural tooth. If the ceramic crown portion of the dental implant is damaged for any of the reasons described above, your dentist may be able to repair it without having to replace it. During the healing process of the dental implant, grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw can interrupt recovery and, in some cases, cause the bone to reject the implant. A crown typically lasts 10 to 15 years. After normal wear and tear, the tooth will need to be replaced.
By using best dental hygiene practices, your tooth can last for more than 15 years.Irfan Atcha, DDS, DICOI, DADIA of New Teeth Chicago Dental in Chicago, Illinois is a board-certified general dentist and a nationally recognized expert in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry. He now serves patients in the Naples, Bonita Springs and Southwest Florida area with All-on-4 implants, one-day and same-day dental implants, and complex zygomatic dental implants for the jawless bone solution approach.