If you have one or more missing teeth, you are probably considering ways to replace them, for many reasons.
First, those missing teeth may are probably the first thing other people notice when you open your mouth to talk, eat, or smile. And even if you aren’t worried about your appearance, there are very good reasons to have missing teeth replaced, which we will discuss shortly.
If you decide to have missing teeth replaced, the most important choice you will make is what treatment is performed. If you are looking or a tooth replacement that gives you replacement teeth just like your natural ones, you should ask Warner Lakes Dental about dental implants. Once implants are placed, you can more or less forget about them – they will act like your normal teeth in all important ways.
Dental implants are an excellent choice for long-term tooth replacement, but many patients wonder how long they last? Factors that affect how long dental implants lasts mainly depend on lifestyle choices and level of dental hygiene.
Let’s take a look at dental implants, how long they last, and what you can do to ensure their long lifespan.
Parts of a Dental Implant
To fully answer the question “how long do dental implants last,” it is first necessary to know what they are constructed of:
- Implant – The implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone of a patient and acts as a root for the crown.
- Abutment – The abutment is attached to the implant and holds the crown in place.
- Crown – The crown is a ceramic tooth that is fastened to the abutment and provides the look of a natural tooth.
Generally speaking, the implant itself (the post) is less likely to be damaged or lost than the abutment or crown. The implant is titanium and fuses (called “osseointegration”) with your jawbone. It should not decay or corrode. Some of the earliest dental implants placed over 30 years ago are still functioning properly in the mouths of these patients. In fact Gösta Larsson was the first recipient ever of a modern dental implant in 1965. He died 40 years later, with his dental implant still intact!
The Overall Picture
Studies show that implants enjoy a high survival rate. However, like any medical procedure, they do not have a 100% success rate.
Causes of Dental Implant Failure
With all of this good news, it is only realistic to note that dental implants sometimes do fail.
Factors which may contribute to implant failure include:
- Gum disease
- Trauma to the tooth or jaw
- A poorly aligned bite
The crown, is rated to last about 10 to 15 years before normal wear can cause the tooth to require replacement, although excellent dental hygiene could extend the life beyond 15 years. This is similar to the expected lifespan of any crown.
Mouth location is also a factor in the estimated lifespan of a dental implant. Implants in the rear of the mouth receive more impact and grinding as they are used for chewing. These ongoing pressures can cause them to fail more quickly than implants near the front of the mouth.
People who suffer from diabetes or a preexisting medical condition, such as cancer, have a higher risk of dental implant failure.
Keeping your Implants “Healthy”
Healthy Mouth: The leading cause of dental implant failure is peri-implantitis, a gum disease that affects dental implants. The best way to prevent a dental implant from failing is the same way you keep your natural teeth – maintain good dental hygiene practices that keep gum tissue healthy. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your Warner Lakes Dental dentist twice a year for regularly scheduled teeth cleanings. At these checkups your dentist will check your implants and surrounding teeth and tissue to make sure that everything is healthy and working as it should.
Healthy Body: Proper nutrition supplies your body with the nutrients it needs to grow bone around dental implants.
Proper Placement: A skilled dentist is a key element of a long-lived dental implantation. At Warner Lakes Dental we have the skills and experience to place your implant!
The Warner Lakes Dental Experience
Warner Lakes Dental wants your visit to be the quickest and most convenient dental experience possible! From parking to treatment, we try to make the entire process as simple and painless as possible! From routine check-ups and cleans to root canals, extractions, and cosmetic treatments, Warner Lakes Dental is your partner in dental health.
Single tooth dental implants at affordable price
– Implant and fixtures for $2000 and crown for only $1500.
– zipMoney allows you to spread the cost of your treatment with flexible interest free payments on your own terms.
Call (07) 3448 0162 or visit us at Warner Lakes Medical Precinct 1185B Old North Road in Warner.