How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are devices made from titanium that are surgically placed into your jawbone to uphold a crown or artificial tooth. Implant restoration procedures are getting quite popular these days as more people find out about their benefits and longevity. Generally speaking, dental implants provide a permanent way to restore missing or damaged teeth.
Many studies have indicated that nearly 90 to 95 percent of dental implants procedures conducted have shown success over a period of 10 years. However, there is a possibility that an implant can fail or lead to other side-effects. There are many factors that can contribute to this. If you are interested in replacing your damaged or missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental implants, our highly qualified team at Beaverton Oral Surgeons can help you.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be endosteal or subperiosteal, depending on the nature of restoration. Endosteal, the most common type of implants, look like cylindrical screws that are directly placed in your jawbone and allowed to heal before a prosthetic tooth can be attached to them. This restoration is usually carried out in two steps.
Subperiosteal implants, on the other hand, are placed between your gums and the jawbone. These implants are typically used when the patient does not have adequate gum height or bone density. They either cannot, or are not willing to, have a gum grafting procedure, so in such a case, our dentist will decide to go with subperiosteal implants.
Factors Affecting Longevity of Dental Implants
Implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance, however, there are certain factors which can affect their lifespan. If something interferes with osseointegration or the healing process, there is a chance that the implants could fail or lead to other complications. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is as important for your implants as it is for natural teeth.
Bacterial build-up near the implants can lead to peri-implant disease. The earlier stages of this condition are reversible but if overlooked, it can progress to peri-implantitis, which can result in permanent implant failure. An insufficient jawbone can also lead to implant failure in some cases if the implant is unable to fuse with the gum tissue properly.
Other factors like excessive smoking, drinking alcohol, teeth grinding, and medical conditions like osteoporosis, diabetes, and a weakened immune system can also impact the longevity of dental implants. While it is not common, the chances of dental implants failing is higher in older adults. This is likely due to underlying health conditions that can also affect oral health.
Although fairly rare, dental implants in some cases have failed due to poor design, improper placement in the jaw, and if the prosthetic teeth are placed before the implants could properly heal. By choosing an experienced dental surgeon, you can avoid these issues almost completely.
Take Quick Action
Dealing with missing or damaged teeth is hard enough but if you ignore them for a long time, the risk of a bacterial infection increases. This may end up impacting nearby healthy teeth and causing more complications for your oral health in the future. If you are looking to restore your missing teeth, Beaverton Oral Surgeons can help you bring your beautiful smile back. If you have any questions or would like to speak to our staff about an appointment, feel free to reach us at (971) 249-8370.