How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

If you are looking for a long-term tooth replacement solution for one or multiple teeth, dental implants may be right for you. Dental implant technology has progressed over the past twenty years and implant failures due to functionality or rejection issues are rare. Dr. Datta Malyavantham in Sterling, VA has been performing dental implant surgery for many years and knows how to maximize the life of your dental implant.

What is a Dental Implant Made Of?

Dental implants have three main parts: the implant, abutment, and crown:

  • Implant: A small titanium or zirconia post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as the root for the crown
  • Abutment: A small metal attachment fastened to the implant to hold the crown in place
  • Crown: A ceramic, false tooth that provides the look and function of a natural tooth

Generally, the two pieces most susceptible to damage are the crown and abutment, because they are more heavily used in biting and chewing.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

The implant itself, since it is surgically placed in the jaw, typically lasts a lifetime with regular brushing and flossing. The crown usually needs to be replaced after 10 to 15 years due to normal wear and tear, but this is a rough estimate. Many patients with excellent dental hygiene can extend the life of the crown beyond 15 years.

Where the implant is physically located in the mouth can also affect how long it lasts. Implants in the back of the mouth to replace molars typically wear out faster than implants towards the front of the mouth because the molars are used for grinding and chewing. Again, the piece that wears out is usually the crown, not the implant itself.

What Can Cause an Implant to Fail?

Dental implants are the best long-term tooth replacement option, but as with most surgical procedures, there are possible factors that could diminish their effectiveness.

Pre-existing conditions, or those that worsen, such as diabetes or cancer, can cause an implant to fail prematurely due to a loss in bone density. Poor oral hygiene can also affect an implant if it progresses to periodontal disease, which is a disease of the gums that can eventually destroy the jaw bone.

Dental Implants in Sterling, Virginia

Dr. Datta Malyavantham is an experienced Dental Implant surgeon and cosmetic dentist of Northern Virginia and Washington DC Metro area and is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Ridgetop Dental, Dr. Datta’s practice in Northern Virginia, is focused on the long term maintenance of a comfortable, functional smile that provides confidence and the best possible quality of life. Schedule your free comprehensive consultation online to start restoring your smile and confidence today.

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