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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?


diagram of a dental implantReplacement options for missing teeth have come a long way in recent decades. The accidental discovery of osseointegration even led to the development of dental implants, a unique treatment that uses small titanium posts to provide support for replacement teeth. The posts are surgically implanted into your jaw, where your bone fuses to them. The posts essentially become replacement roots that securely anchor your new teeth in place. Dental implants provide several significant benefits over traditional treatments, including greater comfort and the preservation of your jawbone. At Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center, we can provide dental implants to meet many different needs. We are also here to answer any questions that you might have, one of the most common regarding just how long dental implants last.

The Components of Dental Implants


Dental implants consist of three components.
•  Posts. The posts, typically made from titanium, are the actual implants. These posts are surgically placed into your jawbone. The bone then begins to gradually fuse to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts and turns them into replacement roots.
•  Abutments. The abutments are the connectors, which provide stability for your dental restorations. They are placed on the tops of your implant posts.
•  Crowns. The crowns, made from ceramic, are the actual dental restorations. They are designed to look, feel, and function exactly like your natural teeth, restoring your smile and your quality of life.

How Long are Implants Expected to Last?


Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution to tooth loss and are a solution that can even be permanent. This is possible because the posts mimic the functions of your natural tooth roots. When you chew, the posts stimulate your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. This stimulation helps to keep your jawbone strong and healthy, preventing bone loss. While traditional treatments restore many of the functions of your missing teeth, they cannot restore stimulation, which means your jawbone continues to lose mass. As a result, bridges and dentures need to be periodically changed to accommodate changes in your jawbone.

With implants, your crowns may need to be replaced, as crowns are rated to last approximately 15 years. The crowns may wear out or break over time. Should this happen, the crowns can easily be changed out without the need to replace the implant posts.

What Factors Can Impact Implant Longevity?


Implants are a long-term solution with a success rate of about 98%. Even so, there are some factors that can influence the longevity of your treatment. These factors include
•  Certain types of medical conditions. Conditions like diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, can increase the risk of implant failure.
•  Issues with alignment. Poor alignment of your jaw or your natural teeth can lead to excessive pressure on your implants. This pressure can erode your jawbone, leading to instability.
•  Where the posts are placed. Implants at the back of the jaw are subjected to greater chewing forces, which can erode the jawbone and cause failure.
•  Poor oral hygiene. Even if all of your teeth have been replaced with implants, poor oral hygiene can still lead to gum disease. Gum disease can cause your jawbone to weaken, compromising your implants.
•  Facial trauma. Injuries to your jawbone can affect implant stability.

Dental implants provide a long-term, even permanent solution to tooth loss. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center at 925-290-7727 today.


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