What Is the “Life Expectancy” of a Dental Implant?

Most dental professionals, including the dentists at Pacific Northwest Periodontics, agree that dental implants are the best option for long-term tooth replacement. Implants recreate the look and feel of a strong and healthy tooth, and help to promote overall oral health and wellness. In terms of aesthetics and function, no other tooth replacement option offers the benefits of dental implants.

How Long Do Implants Last?

If you have existing crowns or dentures, you know that not all dental restorations last forever. They can wear down, break or compromise the health and stability of the surrounding teeth.

One of the principal perks of dental implants is that they are a long-lasting solution. Dental implants are designed and built to last for many years. It is very possible that with the right care and attention, your implant will last you the rest of your life.

Implants are anchored in the jawbone, where they become part of the bone’s anatomy. This offers an incredible amount of stability. Unlike dentures, which rest atop the gums and can shift around in the mouth, implants will not loosen or fall out of the mouth at an inopportune time. They keep the jawbone stimulated so it does not change shape, and they do not cause the surrounding teeth to prematurely wear down.

Prolonging the Life of Your Implant

As with any medical device, there is a slight risk of implant failure. Implants can develop problems if they are improperly placed or a surgical error occurs. Additional factors that can lead to implant failure include smoking and complications from diabetes or another systemic health problem.

To prolong the life of your implant, you should:

  • find an experienced clinician with specialized training in the placement and care of dental implants
  • comply with your implant dentist’s pre- and post-operative instructions
  • not smoke
  • look after your general and oral health by brushing and flossing daily
  • see your dentist at least twice a year to have your implant checked

Meet Our Implant Dentists

Dr. Darrin Rapoport and Dr. Ralf Schuler are some of the area’s leading dental implant providers. They have completed highly specialized training in the placement of implants and have placed over 10,000 implants over the course of their careers. You are in good hands with the team at Pacific Northwest Periodontics.

Call 206-575-1086 or email us today to schedule a dental implant consultation with our team.