How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

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Maybe you’ve already decided to get dental implants and you’re wondering how long you can expect them to last. Or maybe you’re on the fence about the treatment and want to know that they’ll be worth the investment before going through with the procedure. While every case is different, we can say that dental implants are designed to last a very long time. Here’s a little bit more about what affects their longevity and what their average lifespan is:

Factors that Affect a Dental Implant’s Lifespan

You may have heard of some people discussing the “success” or “failure” of an implant. This is because some health conditions can make it more likely that a dental implant will be rejected by your body, which in turn significantly changes their lifespan. For example, certain diseases like gum disease, cancer, and diabetes as well as tobacco usage can also decrease the chance of implant success. The good news, however, is that if you go to a respected dentist for your implants, they’ll screen for all of this beforehand so you’re not improperly deemed a candidate and end up wasting your time and money.

So say you’re a great candidate and everything has gone well with your procedure. There are still some things that can affect how long your implant lasts, one important one being your dental hygiene. Implants don’t require special care—you can brush and floss them like normal teeth—but if you don’t keep up with this, it can shorten their lifespan. So remember to brush and floss every day and visit your dentist twice a year!

The Average Lifespan of a Dental Implant

Generally speaking, dental implants last longer than other replacement options like bridges and dentures. So instead of having to get a replacement for your artificial teeth, you may be able to enjoy your implant for a lifetime. The average range for a dental implant’s lifetime is from 10 to 25 years. Although some people have had theirs for over 25 years, too!

Dental Implants at Edgewater Dental Arts

If you’d like to discuss dental implants further in detail, contact Edgewater Dental Arts and ask for a consultation at our office. We’d be happy to answer any additional questions you may have and help you determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

Dr. John Cutting

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.