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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

March 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — renudental @ 1:25 am

Model of a dental implant replacing a lower toothDental implants revolutionized tooth replacement methods. A dental implant is unlike any other treatment because it replicates both the tooth root and the crown, providing results that look and feel natural. Not to mention, dental implants have over a 95% success rate, and they can last for decades. Here’s how long you can expect your new smile to last and what you can do to get the most from your investment.

How to Maintain Dental Implants

The average lifespan of dental implants is about 30 years. However, many factors affect their life expectancy, like the quality of the materials and the location of your implant. Back teeth experience more wear and tear than those in the front, so dental implants used for molars may have a slightly shorter lifespan than incisors and canines. You can ensure your new smile lasts for decades with the right aftercare, like:

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Dental implants can’t get cavities, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a brush and floss. Brush your teeth at least twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Brush all surfaces for 2 minutes. Floss your teeth at least once a day. An antimicrobial mouthwash can help kill harmful bacteria that brushing and flossing may have missed.
  • Avoid Hard or Chewy Foods: Dental implants will restore 70% of your biting force, so you can eat anything you like, including steak. However, hard and chewy foods will put more wear and tear on your new teeth. It’s best to have them in moderation. If you can’t resist a juicy steak, cut it into small pieces to make it easier to chew.
  • Practice a Healthy Lifestyle: Tobacco and alcohol increase your risk of dental implant failure. It’s best to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent complications.
  • Protect Your Smile from Damage: If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist for a nightguard to create a protective barrier between the upper and lower arches. If you play sports, don’t forget to wear an athletic mouthguard.
  • Break Bad Habits: Stop any habits that can damage your teeth, like chewing on your fingernails or using them like scissors.
  • Visit Your Dentist: Schedule a cleaning and checkup with your dentist every 6 months. They’ll keep your mouth healthy to ensure your dental implants last their longest.

Giving your dental implants the attention they need will ensure you never have to budget for replacements. You can enjoy a lifelong solution for your lost teeth.

About Dr. Tiara Applequist

Dr. Applequist earned her dental degree from the University of Minnesota and has regularly continued her training in various specialties, like dental implants. She strives to create personalized relationships with her patients. Request an appointment through her website or call her office at (218) 277-7377.

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