Dental Implant Lifespan and Durability

By John Meola on May 04, 2019

Two dental implants rest on black backgroundDental implants are considered the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement. Once your dental implant has been placed, you will be one step closer to enjoying the benefits of restored oral function and a more attractive smile.

In the days, months, and years after your post has been implanted, you will need to carefully follow our aftercare program to ensure that your dental implant remains healthy and functioning for the rest of your life. At Dental Associates of New England in Boston, MA, Dr. John D. Meola and our team discuss dental implant lifespan and durability.

How Long Will My Dental Implant Last?

Dental implants enjoy a high success rate. One study by the National Institutes of Health found that (out of 1,022 implants observed over a period of seven years) the cumulative survival or success rate was 95.6 percent.

When properly taken care of, dental implants can last a lifetime. The implants are constructed from surgical-grade titanium and fuse with surrounding jawbone tissue through a natural process called osseointegration.

The restoration that is attached to your implant has an average lifespan of 15 years. The limited lifespan is due to wear and tear associated with chewing and biting. When your restoration does need to be replaced, we can assist with the fabrication of a replacement that will be attached to your current implant or implants. The replacement process is quick and painless.

You can prolong the life of your restoration by following these tips:

  • Avoid biting hard foods (nuts, shells, bones)
  • Do not use your restoration to pry open or tear objects
  • Brush and floss your restoration as you would your natural teeth
  • Schedule twice-a-year checkups and cleanings with your dentist
  • Report any changes to the texture of the restoration, which could be a sign of damage
  • Address any teeth grinding issues you may have

Risk Factors for Dental Implant Failure

During your exam and consultation at our Boston clinic, one of our doctors will examine your jaw and ask about your medical history. There are certain medical conditions and habits that can be risk factors for dental implant failure. Some of these risk factors can be treated or eliminated before your dental implant surgery is scheduled.

Tobacco use is one leading risk factor for dental implant failure. Tobacco use raises the chances of infection after the implant is placed. Smokers often have lower bone density, which can affect dental implant retention. One of our doctors may advise that patients who use tobacco products refrain from smoking in the months before and after surgery to ensure that there is a minimal risk for dental implant failure.

Tips for Protecting Your Dental Implant

The days and weeks following the placement of your dental implant are critical to ensuring that your implant surgery is successful. Fully resting for the first 24 hours after surgery is generally advisable.

Brush your teeth as you normally would while being mindful to not aggravate the surgical site.

If you notice any abnormal swelling or the sudden onset of pain, report it immediately.

Keeping your gums and jawbone tissue healthy is key to ensuring that your dental implant will last a lifetime. Cutting back on sugar, ceasing smoking, avoiding chewing hard food items, and visiting your dentist often are all ways that you can extend the durability of your new implant.

Contact Our Office Today

Once your dental implant has healed, you can enjoy the unique benefits that this treatment offers. To schedule your consultation to discuss dental implants, contact our office online or call us in Boston at (781) 890-4900.

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