What is the lifespan of a dental implant? - Dr. Colin Richman

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What is the lifespan of a dental implant?

September 16, 2013

An implant dentist places dental implants with several goals in mind. One goal is to provide you with a tooth replacement that will last for the rest of your life. There are other goals such as making it look good and feel natural, but these characteristics can lose their importance if you can’t expect to enjoy your new tooth for a very long time. That’s why so much emphasis is placed on ensuring the longevity of the implant.

Fundamentally, it is clear that an implant is meant to be a long-lasting replacement tooth. The very base of the implant is permanently fused to another structure that you hope to maintain for the rest of your life: the jaw bone.

When an implant is fused to bone that is strong and dense, both the lifespan of the implant and the health of the bone increases dramatically. The relationship between the implant and the bone is such that they depend on one another for strength, support, and stimulation.

The expectation that your dental implant will last for the rest of your life is not a far-fetched estimate. In fact, dental implants do not have an expiration date. The titanium implant post, abutments, and porcelain crowns that are used to create an artificial tooth are virtually indestructible. They are not vulnerable to moisture, temperatures, foods, or oral hygiene products.

The factors that would shorten the lifespan of an implant are more often related to changes in your general health, periodontal disease and bone loss around the implant, smoking, and injuries. Just as these factors are known to compromise the health and safety of your natural teeth, they are also known to pose a threat to even the strongest dental implants.

Talk to our implant dentist today about the factors that could influence the lifespan of your dental implants. You might just find that your new tooth is more than capable of enduring the test of time.

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