Dental implants are an investment in your health, and it’s understandable if you want to know how long they’ll last. There are other factors to consider when estimating the longevity of your dental implants.
Parts and lifespans
A dental implant has three parts, each with a different life span. They include
- Implant: The entire set-up is called an implant. However, technically, the implant is the screw that embeds into a patient’s jawbone. Made of titanium or zirconia, the screw provides the root for a crown and can last a patient’s lifetime.
- Abutment: The abutment attaches to the implant and holds the crown. Typically, the abutment lasts as long as the crown, about 10 to 15 years.
- Crown: The crown is the ceramic tooth that fits over the abutment. It undergoes wear and tear, so its predicted lifespan is 10 to 15 years.
Other factors may increase or decrease an implant’s life span. Mouth location is one factor that is beyond your control. Implants that replaced back teeth face more wear and tear due to chewing or maybe even grinding. These may need to be replaced sooner than a front tooth implant.
Also, medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes can weaken gums and may cause implants to fail sooner. If you have a medical condition, look into more aggressive oral hygiene and reach out to Dr. Mike as soon as possible. You may have to use bridges or dentures if your mouth can no longer support dental implants.
Making implants last
Good dental hygiene is essential for adding life to your implants. If you have good oral hygiene habits, your implants will be around for a long time. If you tend to neglect your teeth, you may require dental work sooner than expected.
- Keeping regular dental checkups: Implants need examination and cleaning every six months. Checkups will ensure your implant screws last a lifetime, and will extend the life span of your abutments and crowns. Extra care goes a long way in preserving your implants.
- Brush and floss: Implants can’t get cavities, but they can wear if they aren’t properly cared for. Maintain regular brushing and flossing habits, just as you would with natural teeth. While you don’t have to worry about cavities, you will want to avoid replacing implants sooner than necessary.
- Maintain gum health: Gum disease can compromise your implants. Keep your gums clean, and ask Dr. Mike for tips if you face receding gums or gum disease. Special toothpaste and mouthwash can help.
Are you ready to replace dentures, bridges, or broken teeth with dental implants? Call Cleveland Implant Institute today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mike.