Dental implants are the most effective option to replace missing teeth. They are the only solution that replaces your missing root along with your missing tooth. This makes dental implants more durable and long-lasting than alternatives such as dental bridges or dentures.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. That being said, there are certain factors that will impact the exact lifespan of your restoration, and there are also certain steps you can take to increase the likelihood that your dental implants will last the rest of your life.
Why Are Dental Implants Permanent?
During the first phase of the procedure, Dr. Binon inserts a titanium screw into your jawbone. This screw is the implant portion of your restoration. Over a period of 3-6 months, your jaw bone grows around the implant and fuses with it. This process, called osseointegration, is what allows the implant to function as a replacement root, and it is the primary reason dental implants can last so long.
In addition, the titanium material used for the dental implant is very strong. This allows it to withstand all normal bite forces without breaking down over time.
However, it is important to understand that while the implant portion of the restoration can last the rest of your life, the dental crown used as your prosthetic tooth will eventually need to be replaced. In general, you can expect your crown to last approximately 15 years with proper care.
Factors that Impact the Lifespan of Your Dental Implant
The following factors may impact the exact length of time your dental implant lasts:
- Location of the dental implant – Implants placed in the back of the mouth endure more strain from bite forces than implants in the front of your mouth. This can potentially increase the likelihood that an implant in the back of your mouth may fail at some point down the road.
- The skill of your implant dentist – Working with a dental implant specialist or prosthodontist, such as Dr. Binon, will ensure the best possible results. A specialist who knows how to identify the precise location for ideal implant placement and evaluate the progression of the osseointegration process will increase the likelihood that your implant will last a lifetime.
- Your overall health – Certain health conditions such as gum disease, diabetes or cancer can increase your risk of implant failure.
- How well you care for your implants – Maintaining good oral hygiene practices and avoiding actions that can result in trauma to the implant will significantly increase the likelihood that they will last a lifetime.
Implant Failure Is Rare
The good news is that implant failure rarely occurs. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the dental implant procedure has a 95% success rate. That being said, as with any medical device, there is always a possibility that it will fail.
In most instances, Dr. Binon is able to save a failing dental implant when it is treated quickly. If you notice any signs that something isn’t right with your dental implant, including the presence of an infection, it’s crucial that you visit Dr. Binon at once so that he can evaluate the situation.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
It’s important to understand that you play a major role in ensuring your dental implants last a long time. The following actions will help increase the likelihood that they last a lifetime:
- Brush twice a day and floss once a day
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings
- Address any oral health issues, such as gum disease, in their earliest stages to prevent them from damaging the bone surrounding your dental implant
- Avoid actions that may cause trauma to the implant such as biting down on very hard items or using your teeth as a bottle opener
Contact our Roseville Implant Dentist
If you need to replace missing teeth, please contact Dr. Paul Binon using the form on this page or call 916-786-6676 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Roseville, Sacramento and the surrounding areas of California.