How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?

Most dental implants will last between 15-20 years. Maybe longer depending on the condition of the mouth at the time they are seated. There are several factors to be considered when deciding on implants. The type of metal used is one thing to consider. You will have to discuss which type will work best with your dental health professional. A dental health care professional will usually recommend the metal the dental lab uses to construct the implant, however, if you have allergies to certain metals you can ask for a different type to be used in the construction of your implant. 

The most common metal used in making implants is titanium. Platinum is another metal that can be used. The metal is almost as important as keeping the area clean after the procedure is done. Many implants, crowns, and bridges end up being destroyed because of poor oral hygiene habits. The implant is designed to stay put and to be sturdy enough to endure the impact of chewing. Biting and tearing of the front teeth is also taken into consideration when placing the front implants

What Can I Do To Make My Implants Last Longer?

There are several things that can be done to aid in the overall good health of dental implants. Keeping up with regular check-ups with cleanings and x-rays will catch any recurrent decay or bone loss. Your dentist won’t recommend an implant if there isn’t enough bone structure to support it. Keeping an eye on recession and bone loss is important in the longevity of the implant. At home, you can keep the implants clean and free from food and plaque. Brushing and flossing will keep the area clean. Using a floss aid or rubber tip will help keep the area along the gumline clean and free from cavity-causing bacteria.