If you’re missing teeth, you know how difficult it can be to complete daily tasks, like chewing your food, enunciating clearly, and smiling with confidence. The good news is that dental implants are available to help you achieve a full smile once again. However, there are many factors to consider before choosing a tooth replacement option, including how long they last. Continue reading to learn more about the lifespan of dental implants and how you can get to most out of them!
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are considered to be a permanent tooth replacement option, as they can last more than three decades and even the rest of your life if you care for them properly. There are a few different factors that contribute to the life of your dental implants. Here are some of the most prominent ones:
- Overall health
- Gum health
- Location of implant
- Proper maintenance
How to Get the Most Out of Your Implants
Many things can contribute to the life of your dental implants. Here are a few steps that you should be taking to keep your implants healthy for as long as possible:
- Dental Hygiene: The crown that’s attached to your dental implant isn’t susceptible to tooth decay like your natural teeth are, but this doesn’t mean that you can neglect your oral hygiene. Brush and flossing daily are necessary to keep your gums and surrounding teeth in good condition.
- Proper Use: Your dental implants are there to help you chew your food, hold saliva in your mouth, and prevent bone loss. You shouldn’t be using them to pop open bottles, open packaging, chew on ice, or bite on pens and pencils. You could end up damaging them.
- See Your Dentist: You should see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups to keep your smile healthy. This is especially important when you have dental implants. If you have any issues, your dentist will be more likely to catch them early on so they can be restored to health.
Dental implants have many different benefits, but you won’t be experiencing them for very long if you aren’t caring for your smile as well as you should. By using the tips listed above, you can maintain a healthy, complete smile for many years down the road.
About the Author
Dr. Peter F. Johnson is an experienced dentist serving the La Mesa community. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine before earning a Prosthodontic Certificate from the School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. He served in the U.S. Naval Dental Corps where he attained the rank of Captain. Dr. Johnson has achieved Diplomate status of the American Board of Prosthodontics and thus is a Board-Certified Prosthodontist. For more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (619) 463-3737.