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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

February 27, 2024
How Long Do Dental Implants Last

When it comes to tooth replacements, dental implants are the gold standard. Millions of people have transformed their smiles and restored their confidence by undergoing this procedure. But, is it temporary? How long do dental implants last? 

Let’s take a closer look at the lifespan of dental implants and what you can do to make sure you are getting the most out of yours. 

The Lifespan of Dental Implants

Because the titanium post fuses with the jaw bone, they become quite a sturdy pair just like a natural root. This is why you can expect a dental implant to last anywhere from 15 to 30 years — or more. For many, dental implants last a lifetime. 

Remember that a dental crown is more than just the post. The dental crown that gives you the beautiful, natural-appearing tooth comes with a long lifespan, too. You can expect your dental crown to last about 10 to 15 years before succumbing to wear and tear. 

Getting a new dental crown is possible without having to replace the entire implant which makes it an easy fix. 

How to Extend the Life of Your Dental Implant

Want to protect your investment? There are a few things you can do if you’d like to extend the life of your dental implant. And it all comes down to the way you care for them. The more exceptional the care, the longer your dental implants will last. 

Oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are essential for a healthy mouth and long-lasting dental implants. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice each day and flossing once. This will keep your mouth free from decay and indirectly support the implant. 

Routine cleanings. You should also visit the dentist every six months for professional cleanings and an oral examination by your dentist. This, too, will keep your teeth and gums healthy and your implant secure. 

Stop smoking. Smoking can wreak havoc on dental implants by restricting blood flow within the gums. If you want to keep your dental implants for as long as possible — don’t smoke. 

Maintain a healthy lifestyle. To keep your dental implant strong and sturdy, it needs to have solid support from the jaw bone. You can do your part by ensuring you have all the nutrients you need to maintain healthy bones. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants

Why are dental implants so expensive?

The materials used, the treatment, and multiple visits all play a role in the cost of a dental implant. And, while this can add up, it is important to remember that they last much longer than other tooth replacements — so you won’t have the added cost of replacing them every few years. 

How painful is getting a dental implant? 

When getting a dental implant the procedure is performed under local anesthesia. This minimizes any pain that you may feel. However, when it begins to wear off, you may feel some discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help.  

Learn More About Dental Implants

If you are interested in dental implants or want to find out if they would be a good solution for you, then you need a solid team of experts. That’s what you will find at El Paso Family Dental. We have the expertise and the technology to ensure proper placement for the long-term success of your dental implants 

Contact us today at 915-585-2020 to make an appointment.  

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