Investing In Your Dental Health: How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are a popular option for replacing missing teeth, but many people wonder how long they can expect their implants to last. The good news is that with proper care, dental implants can last for many years and even a lifetime.

Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone and a dental crown that is attached to the post. The titanium post is designed to fuse with the jawbone over time, creating a strong foundation for the crown. Once the implant is fully integrated with the jawbone, it is extremely durable and can withstand the same pressure as natural teeth.

While the lifespan of a dental implant can vary based on several factors, including the patient’s oral health and habits, most implants can last for 25 years or more with proper care. This includes regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental checkups and cleanings to ensure the implant and surrounding teeth and gums are healthy.

It’s important to note that while the implant itself can last for decades, the dental crown may need to be replaced over time due to normal wear and tear. This is a simple and straightforward procedure that involves removing the old crown and replacing it with a new one, while leaving the implant post in place.

It’s also important to note that dental implants require a healthy jawbone to support them. If a patient has significant bone loss due to gum disease or other issues, they may not be a candidate for dental implants. However, there are alternative options available, such as dental bridges or dentures.

If you’re considering dental implants, it’s important to work with a qualified and experienced dentist who can help you determine if you’re a candidate for the procedure and provide you with proper care instructions to ensure the longevity of your implants. At White Plains Family Dental Arts we specialize in dental implants and offer a range of restorative and cosmetic dental services to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

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