Dental implants have been used successfully for over 40 years, with an impressive 95 percent success rate. But many of our Lexington, KY patients have only recently learned about the benefits of dental implants, and there’s still some uncertainty about what implants are and how they work.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
One question we hear quite frequently is how long patients can expect their dental implant to last. To properly understand this, we need to take a look at the three parts that make up an implant:
- Implant post – The part we call the implant is a small titanium post. It is left to heal over a period of several months, and during this time, surrounding bone and tissue integrate with the implant and form a permanent bond.
- Abutment – After the implant heals, we attach a piece called an abutment used to connect a functional restoration.
- Tooth restoration – This is the visible, functioning part of the tooth implant. We often restore a single implant with a crown, but we can also place multiple implants in the jaw and restore them with a bridge or full or partial dentures.
Since the implant post becomes part of your dental anatomy, it can last a lifetime if you keep your teeth and gums healthy. The restoration, on the other hand, has a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years.
How to Protect Your Dental Implant
Poor oral health can lead to advanced gum disease that causes the bone in your jaw to break down, destroying the structure that holds the implant in your jaw. It’s easy to see that preventive dental exams and cleanings, and conscientious oral hygiene are the keys to protecting your implant and restoration.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, we invite you to call our Lexington, KY dental office to learn more about this fantastic tooth replacement. We will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs and decide if implants are the best choice for you.