How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas

Thu, 02/28/2013

Dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement option available today. When properly cared for, they can last a lifetime. But it is important to remember that while dental implants are technically a permanent restoration, there are several factors which may potentially impact their longevity.

There are two components to your dental implant restoration – the implant that serves as your replacement root and the dental crown which serves as the prosthetic tooth. The dental implant can last forever. It is made of titanium and will fuse with your jawbone, allowing it to serve as a stable, functional root. It should not decay or corrode. In fact, some of the earliest dental implants placed over 30 years ago are still functioning properly in the mouths of these patients.

However, it is possible for the dental implant to fail. Factors which may contribute to implant failure include:

  • Gum disease
  • Trauma to the tooth or jaw
  • A poorly aligned bite

The best way to prevent a dental implant from failing is to maintain good oral hygiene practices that will keep your gum tissue healthy. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting our dentists twice a year for your regularly scheduled teeth cleanings.

The other component to your restoration, the dental crown, is not intended to last forever. When properly cared for, your dental crown can last approximately 10-15 years. After that, you will most likely need to replace the crown. Fortunately, this is a quick and simple procedure.

One final factor impacting the longevity of your dental implants is the skill level of your dentist. In order to ensure the best possible results, you should always work with a highly skilled and experienced dentist who makes dental implants a primary focus of his practice.

Please contact Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles today to schedule your dental implant consultation. We serve patients in Wilson, North Carolina.