Dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement option available, as they serve as a replacement tooth root. While they can last a lifetime for many people, in some cases they may fail. Generally, implant failure occurs when something interferes with bone integration or the healing process. On average, dental implants have a lifespan of 10 to 30 years, meaning that depending on the age at which the implant is placed, it will most likely last the rest of your life.
No other tooth replacement option has the ability to last that long. Certain factors can affect the longevity of dental implants. Grinding your teeth or experiencing occlusal trauma can cause a fracture of the implant, the loosening or fracture of the screw, or the fracture of the porcelain in the crown. Additionally, pre-existing medical conditions, illnesses, and misuse of implants can all reduce their lifespan. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, which can also negatively affect the success of a dental implant.
Implants in the back of the mouth are used more when chewing, so they are more likely to wear out a little faster than implants in the front of the mouth. With proper oral care and regular visits to your dentist every six months, dental implants can last 10 to 30 years. They are an excellent option for long-term tooth replacement as they look similar and require only the same maintenance as natural teeth. The cost of a crown is much lower than that of an entire dental implant, so replacing it once or twice in a lifetime isn't too important. Dental implants restore your smile and lift your facial structure to restore your confidence with a renewed sense of youth. Some research has found that replacing individual dental implants in the same location has an overall success rate of 71 percent.
A dental implant completely replaces a natural tooth and can be used to bite and chew without slipping, as can happen with dentures. Because they adhere to the inner jaw, implants don't put pressure on neighboring teeth like dental bridges usually do, and they don't require any special steps to clean them. For more information on dental implants or any other dental problem, call 803-400-8729 or schedule your appointment online. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for many years and provide you with a beautiful smile for life.