Dental implants are considered a "permanent fixture." But does that mean dental implants last forever and never need to be replaced? That's a complex question that requires more than a simple yes or no answer.
So, here's how long implants can last and if (and when) they should be replaced.
A dental implant consists of a metal screw, an abutment, and a crown. The screw is surgically inserted into the jaw bone, and once it fuses with the surrounding tissues, it becomes a permanent part of the mouth.
So, with proper care, the metal post can last a lifetime. The crown, on the other hand, has a limited lifespan and must be replaced every 10 to 15 years.
That's not to say that implants are indestructible. While they have a success rate of 95% or higher, certain factors can affect their lifespan.
It's not that hard to ensure that your implants will last for as long as possible. All you have to do is follow some simple oral hygiene rules, such as:
As we said, a few factors can increase the risk of implant failure. Here are some examples:
Here are some of the most common signs of implant failure:
If you notice any of these signs, it's important to contact your dentist right away.
If you are interested in dental implants but would like to learn first if they are a good option for you, our Flagstaff family dentists are here to answer all your questions. You can contact us online or call us at (928) 774-3851