How Long Do Dental Implants Last

September 11, 2023

Typically, by the age of 13, most people have lost their primary teeth. This is normal. The secondary teeth that replace them should last the rest of your life. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. In fact, research shows that close to 50% of Americans are missing one or more teeth.

If you are missing teeth, it is critical that you replace them as soon as possible. If you don't, you may experience a variety of other issues including gum disease, jawbone deterioration, gum recession, and more.

One of the most popular options for tooth replacement at Amores Dental is dental implants. The American Dental Association has labeled this tooth replacement solution as the gold standard.

In this article, we'll explore the cost of dental implants as well as the benefits, and lifespan.

Definition of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a tooth replacement device consisting of three pieces the implant screw, the abutment, and the crown. Unlike most of the other tooth replacement solutions, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function more like natural teeth.

Overview of the Process of Getting Dental Implants

The process of getting dental implants requires commitment because it can take up to a year or more to finally get your permanent teeth.

The dentist starts with a consultation exam. This will determine the extent of your condition and the best treatment options.

If dental implants are deemed a good solution, the dentist will make an incision in the gum and drill a hole in the jawbone to place the implant.

Once the implant is in place, the dentist will close the incision and send you home to heal. In some cases, a temporary crown or prosthetic will be placed.

In about 6 months, you will return. The dentist will open the implant site again to place the abutment on the implant screw. This is the piece that attaches the implant and the crown.

You will pick out and order your permanent teeth.

When the teeth come in, an appointment will be scheduled

The dentist will securely attach your crown and you will have a functioning, beautiful tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are several benefits of dental implants, including:

Improved aesthetics

Missing teeth can have a negative impact on your appearance. You can fill the gap with a dental implant, which will improve your appearance.

Improved comfort

Dentures and bridges sit on top of the gums, which can be uncomfortable. Since dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, they are much more comfortable than removable dentures and bridges.

Improved speech

Missing teeth impact the way air flows through the mouth, which can cause you to slur your words or develop a lisp. Dental implants can replace the missing teeth, allowing you to speak clearly.

Improved oral health

Missing teeth leave the gums exposed to bacteria, food debris, and more. Dental implants protect gums and jawbone, which improves oral health.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. The crown may need to be replaced after about 20 years but may also last up to 40 or more with proper care and maintenance.

Factors that Impact Longevity

There are several factors that impact the lifespan of your dental implants, including

  • Oral hygiene habits
  • Working with an experienced dentist
  • Bone density
  • Medical condition

Average Longevity

The average longevity of traditional dental implants is up to 20 years but may last longer with proper care and maintenance. According to research, the average longevity of the mini dental implant is about the same.

Caring for Dental Implants

One of the major factors that impact the lifespan of dental implants is your oral hygiene habits:

Brush twice daily

you should brush every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed. This will remove any bacteria and plaque buildup, reducing your risk of tooth decay.

Floss regularly

flossing is necessary for cleaning between the teeth to avoid plaque and bacteria buildup. You should floss when you brush or any time you get something stuck between your teeth.

Visit the dentist

oral health experts recommend a visit to the dentist every 6 months to allow the dentist to monitor your oral condition. This will prevent issues from spiraling out of control.

Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants offer a variety of benefits including improved aesthetics, comfort, speech, and oral health.

According to research, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Proper oral care habits including brushing and flossing, as well as visiting the dentist every 6 months are critical for ensuring successful implantation.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation with Amores Dental

If you are missing one or more teeth, and considering your options for tooth replacement, schedule your consultation with Amores Dental. Our team has the experience and expertise to help you decide which tooth replacement is best for your condition.

Experience exceptional dental care today! Contact Diamond Dental at our Dadeland or Palmetto Bay locations. Your healthy smile awaits!

Dental Implant FAQs

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We will be happy to work with you to ensure that you understand everything you need to know about your procedures and condition.

  • Are dental implants permanent?

    Yes, dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss. The implants are inserted into the jawbone. The jawbone heals around and fuses with the implant screw, making it a part of you.

  • Are dental implants safe?

    Yes, dental implants have been proven safe and effective for most people. However, there are a few factors that may increase the risk of implant failure, including diabetes and heart disease.

  • How much do dental implants cost?

    On average, a single dental implant costs around $5,000. The actual cost of your procedure will depend on several factors including: the number of implants required, the experience/expertise of the dentist, the type of implant you are getting, the type of crown you are getting, the location of the dental clinic, and the location of the teeth being implanted.

  • How long is recovery after getting dental implants?

    Full recovery from dental implant surgery takes about 6 to 8 months, depending on your body's ability to heal. The entire process from start to the placement of the permanent crown can take up to a year.

  • What is the difference between a dental implant and a bridge?

    Dental implants are implanted into the jawbone. The jawbone heals around and fuses with the implant. A dental bridge relies on the adjacent teeth for support. In some cases, dental implants may be used to support a dental bridge.

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