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Oral and Facial Surgery Pullman/Lewiston

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?


implant graphic at Oral & Facial Surgery in Pullman, WAIf you're considering dental implants, you're likely curious about how long they can reasonably be expected to last. Though dental implants are often portrayed as a permanent solution, just like anything else, they're not impervious to wear, tear, and even biological influences. There are several factors which can affect their lifespan. 

Maintenance


First and foremost, maintenance is key. Dental implants demand the same level of oral hygiene and care as your natural teeth. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups. With diligent maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. However, if neglected, they may need replacement or added intervention far sooner. 

Overall Health


Second, your overall health can also play a significant role. Untreated conditions like diabetes and certain heart diseases have been linked to implant failure. If you have a medical condition, that does not automatically rule you out from getting dental implants.  The condition will need to be under control before you can have dental implant surgery.  This should be discussed with both your dentist and your doctor.

Lifestyle


Lifestyle choices can also affect the longevity of your dental implants. If you a smoke or are a heavy drinker, you might find that your dental implants don't last as long. A healthier lifestyle can support the longevity of your dental implants. 

The dental crown may need to replacing


While dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and regular check-ups, it's critical to remember that the dental crown placed on top of the implant may require replacement every 10 to 15 years. Along with the entire dental implant, this timeframe can vary depending on various factors. 

Oral Hygiene


Solid oral hygiene can significantly extend the lifespan of your dental crown. Conversely, neglect can lead to gum disease, which can impact the longevity of your crown and even your implant. 

Diet


Your eating habits can also influence how long your dental crown lasts. Consuming a lot of hard or chewy foods can put pressure on the crown, potentially damaging it over time. 

Lifestyle

 
Habits like teeth grinding or clenching (also known as bruxism), using your teeth to open packages, or playing contact sports without a mouth guard can also shorten the life of your crown. 

 It's worth mentioning that while the crown might demand replacement, the implant itself – the titanium post implanted in your jawbone – tends to last much longer, perhaps a lifetime. The key is regular dental check-ups and conscientious care at home. It's not just about longevity, but maintaining the appearance and function of your teeth too. 

Remember, individual differences in oral health, dental care, habits, and lifestyle mean these timeframes are averages, and the actual lifespan of your dental implants and crowns might be shorter or longer. Regular check-ins with our dentist are the best way to ensure your dental implants remain in excellent condition as long as possible.

Dental Implant Success Rate


Generally, dental implants are known to have a success rate of over 95% over a 25-year period. However, with the right care and health factors, they can last a lifetime. Remember that the key to prolonging the longevity of your dental implants is a commitment to good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle.

Two Locations to Serve You


Lewiston, ID


444 Thain Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501


Pullman, WA


1256 Bishop Blvd Suite I, Pullman, WA 99163



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Lewiston, ID:


444 Thain Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501

Phone: 986-252-8001

Fax: 208-743-1643

Hours


Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

Pullman, WA


1256 Bishop Blvd Suite I, Pullman, WA 99163

Phone: 509-872-4294

Fax: 509-330-5028

Hours


Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

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