Dental implants are now considered mainstream dental treatment. With a very high success rate and minimal side effects, patients can expect to return to their normal routine immediately after implant therapy. As a general guide your dentist would expect your implant to remain in service for a minimum of 10 years and can in many cases well beyond that time frame.

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A dental implant in between 2 natural teeth in a cross-sectional view

Titanium dental implants have evolved over the last several decades.

Since the 1960’s there have been numerous studies conducted to support statements indicating titanium dental implants may last many decades. The first patient to have titanium dental implants went on to live a further 42 years with their implants in optimal health and function. Implants have a very high rate of success however on rare occasions implant failure may occur. When issues such as bone loss or infection occur around a dental implant, the longevity may be reduced. It is reasonable to expect a minimum of 10 years of optimal health and function from your dental implant.

After this period of time, due to wear and tear and the biological forces the dental implant is exposed to every day, deterioration of componentry may occur. Risk factors such as smoking and vulnerability to gum disease are two key factors that affect the longevity of an implant. Maintaining optimal oral health at home, scheduling routine visits with a dental hygienist and a non-smoking lifestyle will maximise the longevity of your dental implant.

Importance of the Dental Clinician

As with all dental surgical procedures the qualifications, expertise and experience of the performing dentist is important to ensure successful placement of the dental implant and minimising the risk of failure. A Prosthodontist is a highly qualified dental specialist who will be able to provide you with an optimal outcome.

Risk factors

Some pre-existing conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, vulnerability to gum disease or a smoking habit can affect the health of dental implants in terms of success, complications, and longevity.

So, when it comes to dental implants start with the selection of the right dentist for you. Then by practising good oral and dental hygiene and looking after your dental implants like your natural teeth you will get the maximum longevity of your implant, which could potentially mean a lifetime.

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