Determining the Lifespan of a Dental Implant
Patients who have suffered tooth loss are faced with various options when it comes to tooth replacement . The most common options available today are dental implants, bridges and removable dentures. However, out of all the options available, dental implants are by far the most comfortable, reliable and aesthetically viable solution.
How long do dental implants last?
There are various factors that affect the longevity of dental implants. These include:
- Suitability of the patient for the procedure
For implants to last, adequate support is required. This comes as a result of the implant fusing with the jaw bone (osseointegration). The patient must therefore, have adequate bone in their jaw to support the implant. In cases where patients don’t have enough bone to support implants, bone regeneration must first be completed.
- Poor placement
Poorly placed implants can lead to implant failure. Experience and training really matter in this field.
- Gum diseases and conditions
Implant success: Conditions that contribute to tooth loss such as advanced tooth decay or gum disease can also lead to dental implant failure. Patients should therefore be vigilant in their oral hygiene after undergoing an implant surgery.
Wear on the attached teeth: Conditions such as clenching or grinding (bruxism) can also place undue stress on the implants and cause them to fail. Far more often the plastic teeth chip, pop off with plastic/acrylic on titanium full arch treatments. It is therefore important for dentists to thoroughly assess the dental history of the patient and determine if there are any conditions that ought to be treated before proceeding with the insertion of implants.
Various lifestyle factors such as smoking, having uncontrolled diabetes, and taking Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors also affect the longevity of dental implants. Proper care of dental implants may require some minor changes in your lifestyle.
Implants can last for decades when properly taken care of. If you are unsure of how to take care of your implants, your dentist can provide you with help. If you are interested in getting dental implants, give Finesse Dental a call on 8824 4800 and or contact us online to book your FREE CONSULT!