Dental implants have been around since 1952. But how long does a dental implant last?
You may have heard the lifespan of a dental implant is 15-25 years, which can be true, as long as you take proper care of them. Whether dental implants last forever is influenced by a variety of factors, such as:
Mouth location is also a factor in the expected longevity of a dental implant. Implants in the back of the mouth receive more strain from chewing, which can cause them to fail more quickly than implants near the front of the mouth.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), dental implants have a 95 percent average success rate.
Since they penetrate the gum and jaw bone, some people, such as those who suffer from diabetes or smoke, might not be well-suited for implants. Before suggesting one or more permanent dental implant solutions, your dentist examines your teeth, jawbone and gums and lets you know if you’re a good candidate.
A dental implant is designed to be a permanent solution for missing teeth and has become the standard tooth-replacement option. Unlike dentures, a dental implant provides sufficient support that acts as a natural tooth and can withstand biting or chewing without slipping. Because dental implants are attached to the interior jawbone, they’re not subject to decay and they don’t put stress on adjacent teeth, both of which are common problems with dental bridges.
Even though dental implants are the better and longer-lasting solution missing teeth restoration, you have other options available to you. A few to consider:
If you are considering dental implants, an implant specialist, Dr. Antonio Lopez-Ibarra in Kennewick, Tri-Cities WA uses the latest techniques and technologies to achieve your desired results.
Contact us today to schedule an implant dentistry consultation with our specialists.