Dental implants are an excellent option for long-term tooth replacement, appearing like natural teeth and and requiring no more maintenance than teeth that are natural as well. Implants are designed to be a long term fixture put into your mouth, giving you an amazing long lasting smile. The big question that patients first have when considering dental implants is "how long do dental implants last?" which is a great question! The answer to this question is dependent on how a patient cares for their new smile and overall their overall dental hygiene over time.
Dental implants are intended to be permanent since they are fused with the bone in your mouth, serving as an artificial root for your new teeth. The blog "What are Dental Implants" will describe in detail how these implants are installed and created. This artificial root serves as a strong foundation for the prosthetic teeth or tooth to be installed. Although the dental implants are designed to be permanent, the crown that is attached may be replaced due to normal wear. It is estimated that 50 to 80 percent of dental crowns will need to be replaced in the first 20 years. Location is also a factor when inquiring how long before maintenance is needed on implants, with the back teeth usually receiving more bite force causing a replacement to sometimes happen faster than other implants installed throughout your mouth. With regular brushing, flossing, and good dental hygiene the implant screws can last a lifetime. It is also important that patients receive regular dental check-ups every 6 months or as recommended by your Dentist. The crown, however, usually only lasts about 10 to 15 years before it may need a replacement due to wear and tear for most patients. Although these estimated time lines are common, everyone's smile is different and everyone has a unique dental history. If you are interested in dental implants in San Antonio or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Roberto Villarreal as soon as possible to get your consultation started!