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How Long Do Dental Implants Really Last?

Get expert insights on the lifespan of dental implants and discover the key factors that influence their longevity.

Dental implants offer a smile solution that looks and feels the most like your natural smile, and they last the longest. Combining good oral hygiene habits with a healthy lifestyle and annual dental check-ups, your implants can stand the test of time.

An illustration of a single dental implant being inserted into the lower jaw, with a star icon representing the warranty on implants.

Why do dental implants last so long?

Great question, it’s in their design. A dental implant is an artificial tooth and root system consisting of an implant root, an abutment and possibly a dental crown or other fixture on top. The root is made from biocompatible titanium that will integrate with the jawbone over time, making your new tooth extremely durable.

By choosing dental implants—say goodbye to the mess of adhesives, and hello to a strong and stable new smile.

Implants within your budget

An alternative to traditional implants and dentures combines the best of both worlds. Our implant dentures provide you with a strong new smile at an affordable price. Get ready to munch your favorite foods again like steak, apples and treats.

Tips to make your implants last longer:
Take care of your teeth
See your dentist regularly
Skip smoking
Pursue your overall health

How to make your dental implant last longer

Taking intentional care of your dental implant can extend its lifespan. Here's what you can do to make it last as long as possible:

1. Take care of your teeth

Brush and floss as directed by your dentist. Even though implants maintain their integrity, your gums and other teeth need to be healthy to support it.

2. See your dentist regularly

A dental check-up every six months can help to keep your implant secure. Regular cleanings and exams also catch potential threats like gum disease early on.

3. Skip smoking

Smoking harms your dental implant by limiting blood flow to your gums. This can affect healing and make it hard for your implant to conform to your jawbone, as it is designed to do.

4. Pursue overall health

Your overall health benefits your oral health. Strong bones are crucial as they need to support your implant. So, make sure to get enough calcium and potassium in your diet and possibly by supplementing, but always check with your doctor first.

What impacts how long dental implants last?

As the longest lasting tooth replacement solution on the market—dental implants give you the freedom to live life on your terms again. By investing in dental implants, you’re making an investment in your dental health for your lifetime.

There are several factors that can impact how long your implants last. Things like your age, overall wellness and the health of your smile all play a role in prolonging the life of your dental implants. Let’s explore some of these factors below. 

Age and jaw strength

Although you can qualify for dental implants as an adult, it’s essential that you have quality bone volume. As we age, our bone volume naturally begins to decline. If needed, there are treatments, such as bone grafting, to provide your smile with a firm foundation to support implants. 

Healthy diet

A healthy, nutrient-dense diet provides essential vitamins and minerals for strong bones and teeth.  

Good dental hygiene

Good oral hygiene helps to protect the integrity of your implants. This will protect your smile from things linked to poor oral hygiene, like shifting gums around the implant or damage to the jawbone.

Regular dental appointments

Keeping up on your dental visits is a great way to keep a healthy mouth. Your dentists will be able to assess your smile's health, your implant status and stay on top of any oral health concerns

Stress management

It’s important to manage stress in a healthy way to promote the wellbeing of your smile and your whole body. If you tend to grind your teeth when you’re stressed, which is a condition known as bruxism this can lead to damage to your natural teeth, as well as your dental implants. 

A close up visual of a dental implant, specifically highlighting the implant screw function in the jawbone.

Are dental implants permanent?

With proper care, dental implants can last 25 years or more. Each implant is securely placed into the jawbone so you can rest assured that your new teeth will be strong. That means you’ll be able to speak confidently again and enjoy more of your favorite foods.

If you’re looking for a hybrid option between dental implants and dentures, implant dentures provide the security of an implant with the convenience of removable dentures.

A patient sitting on a dental chair and consulting a dentist in the Aspen Dental office.

Are dental implants right for me?

If you decide to pursue dental implants, you’ll enjoy a strong and secure smile for many years to come. Get back to feeling your best with a smile solution that’s custom tailored for you. Contact your Aspen Dental dentist to see if dental implants are right for you. 

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