Do Dental Implants Last Forever?

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Nothing in this world lasts forever, not even dental implants, but dental implants Park Ridge offers are definitely among the most durable dental replacement solutions available today. The average life expectancy of a dental implant is over 25 years, but how long your implants will last depends on many factors – here are some:

  • Care and maintenance – dental implants are artificial teeth made from strong materials, so they will never develop caries, but your dental cleaning practices will influence the longevity of your implant. Artificial teeth need to be cleaned the same way as natural teeth, brushing at least twice a day, flossing once and swishing with an antibacterial mouthwash daily;
  • Usage – chewing or biting on hard things, such as nuts and teeth grinding will affect the lifespan of your implant, too;
  • The location of the implant – implants located in the back of the mouth are exposed to more wear and tear and receive more pressure than the teeth in the front, therefore the risk of damage is higher in the case of teeth in the back;
  • Lifestyle and general health – smoking, alcohol consumption, illnesses that affect bone density can all increase the risk of implant failure. If the structure of the bone into which the implant is installed weakens, the implant might become loose or it might fall out – if you feel that your implant moves, visit your dentist immediately.