The longevity of a dental implant depends on a number of factors. Current dental implant technology has advanced to the point that rejection or material failure are rare occurrences, but such matters as,Â lifestyle, health problems, oral hygiene and abuse of an implant can shorten its lifespan. An implant should last for many years so long as it is properly looked after, just like a real tooth, so neglect of regular daily brushing and flossing can lead to implant failure due to gum disease. Pre-existing medical conditions can also reduce the effective life of an implant.
What are dental implants made of?
There are three parts that comprise a dental implant and restoration. First, the main part is the implant itself: a titanium post which is surgically inserted into the jawbone to function as a support for the crown. An abutment is attached to the post, serving as an anchor for the crown. The crown is a ceramic exterior that recreates the appearance of a real tooth. The abutment and crown are rather more prone to damage than the main part of the implant.
How long can a well-cared-for dental implant last?
With proper maintenance of oral hygiene and regular check-ups, a dental implant should last for many, many years. A crown has a shorter lifespan, roughly ten to fifteen years of wear and tear. However, good home care and regular visits to a dentist for clinical and radiographic assessment can extend this period. The location of the implant in the mouth can have an effect on longevity too. An implant at the back of the mouth will be subjected to more stress and strain than one nearer the front, owing to the pressure of chewing. Additionally, a setting of natural bone is stronger than one of grafted bone. The former has a ninety-five percent success rate whereas the latter falls to between eighty-five and ninety percent. Smoking is another factor: a smoker is two-and-a-half times more likely to have an implant deteriorate than a non-smoker.
Dr. Sam Sherif, BDS, D.MedSc, is a graduate of the prestigious Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is a leading practitioner of cosmetic dentistryÂ and is well versed in such techniques as dental implants. He is based in London at Veritas Dental Care, Harley Street.
If you would like to find out more about dental implantsÂ or would like to book an appointment for a consultation, just call 020 7580 5954. Dr. Sherif and his staff will be happy to answer all your questions.