Dental implants are an investment. Although when comparing the cost versus the reward many find to be well worth the expense. Often times when clients are beginning the process of determining their best course of action for teeth replacement their first question is, how long will they last.
The first person to have an implant placed was in 1965 and today, their implant is still in place. Thankfully, we have good news for almost everyone concerning the longevity of dental implants… the statistics are in your favor. The vast majority of dental implants never need to be replaced. In fact, of those that have the implant placed in their original bone, they successfully keep their tooth/ teeth replacement(s) 95% of the time! The success rate goes down slightly when a bone is grafted.
Proper Care of Dental Implants
Proper care will further increase the longevity of your dental implants. Caring for your new teeth properly will include the following:
- No Smoking – Alongside the numerous side effects of smoking, it is also known to weaken dental implants. The success rate of implants are great for a non-smoker than a smoker.
- Regular Maintenance - Following your dental implant surgery, you will receive cleaning and maintenance instructions. Following all instructions given to you by your implant dentist will increase the longevity of your dental implants.
- Regular Appointments – In order to have a successful surgery, regular maintenance is important. Your dentist will prepare you with your professional cleaning and check up schedule.
Dental implants are known to greatly increase the quality of life for those who are in need of teeth replacements, and the results can create a smile that will last a lifetime.