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How Long Will a Dental Implant Restoration Last?
Dental implant restoration is unarguably the most advanced option available for replacing lost teeth. They provide better functionality, aesthetics and have a longer lifespan than other tooth replacement options. However, one question patients often have is how long dental implants last. Knowing the estimated lifespan of this option will help individuals plan accordingly for the future and keep up with maintenance practices that will extend the lifespan.
The structure of dental implants
The most realistic way to access the durability of dental implant restoration is to consider its components. Typically, a complete implant restoration consists of a titanium post inserted into the jawbone to replace the lost tooth root, an abutment connected to the top of the implant to hold the prosthetic crown and the tooth prosthesis that replaces the actual lost tooth.
The implant post can be created from either titanium or zirconia, both of which are two of the strongest and resilient materials on earth. These metals are resistant to corrosion and microbes, which makes them a safe option to use for applications like dental implants. The tooth prosthesis is created from porcelain, a premium variety of ceramic that has its advantage, including durability and strength that is comparable to that of the natural tooth.
Generally, the part of the dental implant restoration above the gum, known as the abutment and crown are more prone to damage and deterioration than the implant post itself. That said, the titanium post can survive a lifetime while the crown may last for about 15 to 25 years, depending on care and maintenance.
The lifespan of dental implant restoration
In general, dental implant restorations can last up to 25 years or more. However, this only happens with adequate care. The lifespan of the dental implant depends on different factors, including:
Oral hygiene practices: Adhering to oral hygiene routines, including brushing, flossing and biannual visits to the dental office will affect the durability of the dental implant.
Oral habits: Biting or chewing on hard items or using the teeth as a tool for opening items will affect the lifespan of the implant restoration negatively.
The quality of the process: If a qualified and experienced dentist handled the dental implant restoration procedure, the dental implant would last longer. A professional dentist will know to plan the treatment procedure and make the necessary assessment before commencing the process. The restoration will not be placed before the implant has integrated with the jawbone fully.
Position of the implant: The location of the implant post in the mouth can also affect its lifespan. For example, tooth implants at the back of the mouth endure more chewing pressure than those in front. Therefore the restoration at the back may wear and tear faster than the ones in the front row.
General oral health and lifestyle: Patients who smoke or drink excessive alcohol are more likely to experience implant failure. It is advisable to avoid smoking and reduce alcohol intake to increase the lifespan of the implants.
Dental implant restoration lasts longer than other tooth replacement options, but only with adequate care and regular dental visits. If you have additional questions about the procedure, feel free to book an appointment with the general dentist for answers.
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