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There are several reasons why you may want dental implants, but how long do dental implants last? This guide covers the average lifespan.

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May 17, 2022

There are several reasons why you may want dental implants, but how long do dental implants last? This guide covers the average lifespan.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

What Are the Different Types of Implants?

Endosteal Implants

  • Healthy gum tissue
  • Good overall oral health
  • Fully grown jawbone
  • Sufficient bone in the jaw
  • Placing the implant
  • Osseointegration stage
  • Abutment placement stage
  • Placement of the new tooth/teeth

Subperiosteal Implants

Why Do Some Implants Fail?

We have noted above that while implants are a permanent fixture in the mouth, in some instances the dental implant will fail. Here, we will highlight some of the common reasons why implant failure occurs.

First, insufficient care and maintenance can lead to implant failure. Peri-implant disease can occur when the area around the implant is affected by plaque buildup. If the disease is left untreated, the condition may progress to peri-implantitis and ultimately to implant failure.

Therefore, proper oral hygiene is important. This involves brushing twice daily, flossing daily, scheduling regular dental checkups, and limiting sugary foods. There is also evidence that smoking has a major impact on the success rate of a dental implant.

In the case of an endosteal implant, bone loss over time can result in the destabilization of the implant. The causes of this can include osteoporosis, peri-implant disease, and other medical conditions impacting bone health. A weakened immune system, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and bleeding disorders are all associated with dental implant failure.

Teeth grinding may also affect the success of dental implants. During the osseointegration stage, grinding motions can result in tiny movements of the implant and cause it to fracture.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved speech
  • Easier eating
  • Improved appearance
  • Improved oral health
  • Improved comfort

Discover the Benefits of Dental Implants for Yourself

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