How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are a wonderful way to restore a full, healthy smile when teeth are missing. Some may choose an implant option because they wear dentures and want a more secure and permanent solution. Implants are made with surgical-grade titanium, so they are completely safe and effective when placed underneath the gum line.

With proper care and routine dental exams, a dental implant can last a lifetime. They are made to fuse naturally with the bone, so once they are placed and heal successfully, they can be there for decades. The restoration or prosthetic that is placed on top of an implant won’t last as long as the implant itself. For example, crowns and bridge work last for about 10 to 15 years with proper care until they need to be replaced. Dentures only last for five to seven years before a new prosthetic needs to be made. The implants themselves can last for a lifetime.

You can think of a dental implant as a permanent solution for an area where a tooth is missing. Once placed and healed, you will find that this option is far superior to others that might be available to you. The surgery is also relatively quick and is done in-office at your own convenience. Mini implants are also available for areas and patients who would benefit more from a smaller titanium rod.

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