How Long Dental Implants Can Last by Plano, TX dentists Dr. Stephen Bass and Dr. Ellen Hall.
How Long Can Dental Implants Last?
The reality is that dental implants have the potential to last a patient a lifetime. Because they are made out of titanium metal, they're not susceptible to breakage. They're also not susceptible to dental decay. They won't need root canal therapy. So they're immune to most dental disease.
However, it's important to note that dental implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. An implant is still susceptible to break down in the bone surrounding it. And this can occur either due to accumulation of bacteria from periodontal disease, much like it can affect the teeth, and this can lead to implant failure.
Your dental implant does need to be treated like a regular tooth, meaning to ensure the success of treatment, you will need to brush your dental implant, floss your dental implant, get it cleaned on a regular basis by a dental professional, as well as controlling your bite on it. Patients who have clenching or grinding their teeth need to take special care when having a dental implant placed.