Dental implants are a revolutionary way to replace missing teeth, but maybe you’re left wondering if they’re ever in need of replacing themselves.
The Lifespan of a Dental Implant
There’s good news and there’s…less great news. The latter is that dental implants don’t last forever. The good news is that they do last quite a long time, and oftentimes much longer than other tooth replacement options out there. So how long is long? Patients with good oral health and habits can end up keeping their dental implants for decades! Some even say that the lifespan of a dental implant is around 25 years or more. Meanwhile, dental bridges and dentures have to be replaced around every seven to 15 years.
How to Keep Your Dental Implant in Good Condition
To increase the lifespan of your dental implant, there are a few steps you can take. First, don’t let your general dental care fall by the wayside: brush and floss every day, and visit a dentist twice a year. When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Next, you can avoid using your teeth to open things, and try to limit biting down on hard items like pens.
Replacing a Dental Implant
A dental implant would need replacing if it has become damaged, it gets loose, it falls out, or there’s an infection. By going to your regular semiannual dental check-ups, your dentist will be able to keep an eye on your dental implant to make sure that everything is still looking good. If something does end up happening to your dental implant, it is possible to get it replaced. Your dentist will be able to determine how and when the replacement should take place depending on the reason why the dental implant needs replacing and the condition of your oral health.