How long do dental implants last?
Implants generally will last between 20 to 25 years, or even longer, depending on the location of the implant, the patient's overall health, both at the time of placing the implant and their ongoing health status, and the patient's compliance with oral hygiene and routine dental visits.
Because back teeth receive more stress and wear from chewing, implants in the back of the mouth typically will not last as long as implants located at the front of the mouth.
The type of dental implants used by the Doctors of Dentures & More, have recently been documented to have a greater than 95% success rate over an initial period of 15 years. We can anticipate this type of success going beyond 15 to 20, and even 25+ years.
All, in all, dental implants have received such positive refinement in recent years, that failure rates due to the mechanics of implants or rejection issues are not the major issues, but rather factors unique to the patient such as other medical factors, acquiring other disease entities, or accident/misuse account for most of the failures today. Since dental implants are still relatively recent, success rates beyond 20 years have not been documented to any great degree. Twenty years ago Dental Implants were not as wide spread as they are today, and the technology of dental implants is greatly improved today; but there are many dental implants performed over 20 years ago with technology of that era that are still functioning and healthy today.
We understand that, in Dentistry, nothing is perfect and nothing is permanent, yet having a 95% success expectancy beyond 15 or even 20 years is a very positive indication of the efficacy of dental implants as an effective treatment for replacing lost teeth. Factors which result in shortened longevity are poor oral hygeine & lack of proper follow-up dental care, traumatic incidents, and changing adverse medical issues.
Wide variables exist between individual cases, so a frank and open discussion about longevity expectancy is an integral portion of the pre-treatment dental/medical evaluation. Our Doctors will discuss in detail the longevity you could anticipate and expect in each individual case.