How long do dental implants last?

After having new implants, is it possible for them to fail?

Dental implants are used to replace damaged teeth by connecting the metal implants to your jawbone. They are designed for longevity and if properly cared for they typically last for around 15 years without needing to be replaced. However, their lifespan is impacted by a number of factors, that could cause the implantA device specially designed to be placed surgically within or on the mandibular or maxillary bone to fail earlier.

Primarily, good oral hygiene is a key way to ensure your dental implants remain strong. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and having regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist safeguard your implants. Failure to do this could cause gum disease to appear or the implant to break. Gum disease manifests itself as peri implantitis and can cause the gum to recede and harm the fusion between jawbone and implant.

Additionally, the way in which you use your teeth could impact the dental implantA device specially designed to be placed surgically within or on the mandibular or maxillary bone as a means of providing for dental replacement; endosteal (endosseous); eposteal subperiosteal); trans’s lifespan. Chewing or biting on hard foods or items will reduce the strength of the implant meaning they could be more susceptible to damage further down the line. Biting your nails, using your teeth to untie knots or cracking hard foods with your teeth are likely to cause gradual and/or sudden damage.

The position of the implant is also likely to affect how long it lasts. If the implant is at the back of the mouth then it will take more pressure on a daily basis from chewing and biting and this may lead to eventual degradation more quickly than an implant near the front of the gums.

Finally, to keep the implant healthy you should also consider your diet and cut down on sugary and hard foods which can cause damage. Moreover, if you are a smoker this will negatively affect the longevity of the implant due to the toxins released into the gums from nicotine.

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