Dental Implant Longevity: How Long Do They Last?

Dental implants offer a reliable, long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, which often need to be replaced over time, dental implants are designed to be durable, natural-looking and provide a nearly permanent foundation for prosthetic teeth.

If you’re considering dental implants, you may be wondering: How long do dental implants last? Here are some of the factors that can affect their longevity.

Understanding implant longevity

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, often made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Once the implant has integrated with the bone, a custom-made dental crown, bridge or denture is attached to it. This restores both function and appearance.

Several factors play a role in determining how long dental implants can last:

  • Bone health: Osseointegration is the key to implant stability and success. Good bone health and density are important for successful osseointegration, as well as long-term implant stability. Patients with lower bone density may require bone grafting to ensure the is sufficient bone support for the implants.
  • Implant quality: The quality of the implant itself, including its materials and design, can significantly impact its longevity. High-quality implants manufactured by reputable companies, such as the implants you’ll receive at the Cleveland Implant Institute, offer better durability and reliability.
  • Oral health: Proper oral hygiene is important for maintaining the health of surrounding gum tissue, and for the prevention of oral health diseases that can compromise implant stability. Regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups help to ensure the longevity of dental implants.
  • Placement and positioning: The skill and experience of your dental implant surgeon play a significant role in implant success. Proper implant placement and positioning are essential for optimal function and long-term stability. Factors such as bone quantity and quality, sinus proximity and nerve location must be carefully evaluated during the planning and placement process. That’s why it’s so important to work with a Board- Certified Implantologist like Dr. Mike and his care team at the Cleveland Implant Institute.
  • Smoking and tobacco use: Smoking and tobacco use are linked to an increased risk of implant failure and complications. Nicotine and other harmful chemicals in tobacco products can impair blood flow to the gums and bone, which inhibits the healing and osseointegration processes.

Dental implant lifespan

While experiences can vary, dental implants are designed to be a long-lasting solution for tooth replacement. With Dr. Mike’s skill and expertise, paired with your own oral health care, dental implants can last for decades, and many cases a lifetime. Dental implants have high success rates, with ten-year survival rates typically exceeding 90 percent.

Ultimately, while the lifespan of dental implants can be influenced by various factors, they are designed to withstand the test of time when properly cared for.

If you’re considering dental implants or have already undergone the procedure, working closely with your Cleveland Implant Institute care team will maximize the longevity of your implants, ensuring a healthy smile for years to come.

To learn more about dental implants, call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mike at the Cleveland Implant Institute.

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