A dental implant is composed of three parts. The actual part that is implanted is the titanium post. After 3 to 6 months, we attach an abutment that acts as the connection between the implant and the restoration, and then finally, after a few weeks, we can attach the dental crown.
If you have full-arch implants, then a denture or bridge would be attached to the implants instead. To learn more about how long these implant components last, read on in this blog from Bow Tie Dentist.
How Long Do Implants Last?
The actual implant itself is made out of biocompatible titanium materials which are highly durable. The lifespan of the titanium post is at least 25 years and most patients never have to replace them in their lifetime. The only component of a dental implant you will need to replace is the restoration that attaches to it.
This would be a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Typically dental crowns can last for 15 to 20 years. Dental bridges and dentures have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. Regular dental checkups are important to check on the condition of your implants and restorations to determine when you need a replacement.
Can Implants Fail?
While it is incredibly rare, yes, implants can fail. Dental implants have a success rate of about 95%. However, if the patient has a titanium allergy or develops peri-implantitis, the implants may fail.
Another reason an implant could fail is if it was not aligned properly or if impressions were taken poorly. This is why it’s crucial to go to a reputable and highly experienced dentist. Patients who smoke or have diabetes also have a higher risk of implant failure.
How to Care for Your Implants
Practicing good oral hygiene and properly caring for your implants will extend their lifespan along with the attached restorations. The good news is that traditional dental implants are very low maintenance and you clean them just like you would your regular teeth.
That means you should brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush for at least two minutes twice a day and floss once per day. We recommend that you use a water flosser. If you have a denture or bridge prosthesis attached to your implants, an interdental brush can also be useful.
Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to get rid of bacteria in the mouth and attend dental cleanings every 6 months. Avoid smoking, frequently consuming staining foods and drinks, and using your teeth as tools. If you suffer from bruxism, you should wear a mouthguard at night.
Expert Dental Implant Placement & Maintenance At Bow Tie Dentist
While dental implants have a higher upfront cost and take longer than other restorations to install and heal, they are worth it in the long run. You will have a life-long tooth replacement that is low maintenance, sturdy, durable and prevents bone loss.
If you’re interested in dental implants, contact us at Bow Tie Dentist to schedule a consultation with Palm Harbor dentist Dr. Ramos today.