If you are missing one or more teeth, it is important to have them replaced as soon as possible to avoid additional oral and overall health issues. One of the most common ways to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. Dental implants are a device consisting of three pieces:
One of the primary reasons dental implants are one of the more popular tooth restoration options is that they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. This is because the implant is inserted into the jawbone, acting as a tooth root. The abutment connects the prosthetic tooth to the implant, giving it a more stable base.
Research has shown that, with proper care/maintenance, dental implants last a lifetime, but the crown may need to be replaced after about 20 years due to typical wear and tear.
In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about the life expectancy of dental implants at Matthew Dental Group in Smithtown, NY.
There are two primary types of implants:
As a general rule, since dental implants integrate with the jawbone, they are designed to be a permanent solution for missing teeth. This process is known as osseointegration and, once complete, the implant itself acts as a tooth root, creating a solid foundation for an artificial tooth. While the implant is permanent, approximately 50% to 80% of crowns must be replaced in about 15 to 20 years.
The primary difference between traditional and mini dental implants is the size. A mini dental implant is approximately the same size as a toothpick- less than 3 mm. Since they are smaller, the procedure is less invasive and they can be placed in areas with low jawbone density.
Mini dental implants are often used to secure removable dentures or to replace a single tooth for patients who have small teeth. While mini dental implants are also designed to be permanent, research on their success is limited. However, a systematic review of 4 studies in 2019 showed no difference between the lifespan of traditional implants compared to the lifespan of mini dental implants.
Patients who are missing most or all of their teeth may choose implant-supported dentures, which is a restorative procedure involving 2 to 4 dental implants to support several teeth to an entire arch. Again, when cared for properly, the implants themselves are designed to last a lifetime. Due to wear and tear, the artificial teeth should be replaced every 15 to 20 years.
There are several factors that impact the success rate of dental implants:
Dental implants do not require any special treatment. In fact, caring for your dental implants is the same as caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush at least twice daily and floss at least once. If you wish to use mouthwash, make sure to choose an alcohol-free option to avoid damaging the prosthetic teeth.
The entire process of getting dental implants takes at least a few months, and possibly up to a year. This depends on several factors including additional procedures required such as extractions, gum disease treatment, bone grafts, etc. Once the implant is placed, your jaw needs several months for osseointegration, which is the process of the jawbone healing around and fusing with the implant. Once this is done, the process moves fairly quickly, with the abutment being placed and ultimately the prosthetic tooth/teeth.
There are several signs that you are experiencing implant failure, including:
If you are missing one or more teeth and looking for a more permanent restoration option, you might want to consider dental implants. This restoration is designed to look, feel, and function more like natural teeth.
While dental implants have been proven to have a 95% success rate, there is a 5% chance that the restoration may fail. There are some things you can do to prevent your implant from failing.
If you need dental implants or you already have implants and you want to avoid failure, make sure that you follow proper oral hygiene, get underlying health issues under control, stop smoking, ensure that you have adequate jawbone density, and more. Schedule your implant appointment with Dr. Matthew at Matthew Dental Group today.