How long do dental implants last?
You may have heard that dental implants can last for about 25 years or more. This is true as long as you take good care of them. The dental implant itself (the root-like part of the implant, usually a titanium post) can last almost a lifetime.
Generally, the exposed parts of the affordable dental implant – abutment and crown – are more susceptible to deterioration and damages than the implant itself. However, a crown may last about 15 to 25 years, as long as you maintain a good oral healthcare routine – i.e. brushing and flossing on a daily basis and seeing a hygienist regularly.
The location of the dental implant in your mouth will also determine the longevity of your dental implant. For instance, implants positioned at the back of the mouth will receive more pressure due to chewing than those positioned in the front. As a result, the implant at the back of the mouth may fail more quickly than those at the front of the mouth.
Patients who smoke or drink heavily are at a higher risk of experiencing implant failure than non-smokers and non-drinkers. Hence, in order to ensure that your dental implant lasts as long as possible, refrain from smoking and drinking heavily before and after the placement of the implant.