How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Your healthy, natural teeth are typically meant to last for life with the right care and maintenance. While modern replacement teeth are more lifelike than they’ve ever been, most cannot mimic your teeth’s strength, stability, and integration with your jawbone and oral structures – except dental implants.

Crafted from biocompatible titanium, dental implant posts are small, root-like anchors that are surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace the roots of lost teeth. By offering the closest replicas to the structures of your teeth, dental implant posts can last for life, and the supported restoration for up to 15 or more years.

How Implants Work

Tooth loss affects your oral health in a number of ways. There’s the esthetic impact of one or more gaps in your smile, as well as the imbalance in your bite that can compromise the rest of your teeth. As soon as the tooth’s root leaves the jawbone, the surrounding bone will resorb, and will continue to shrink due to reduced stimulation.

Implants work by biologically replacing the support of lost teeth’s roots, which holds your replacement crown or denture as steadily as healthy teeth. The implant posts also help maintain jawbone strength, which in turn reduces your risks of future tooth loss due to a weakened jawbone.

Dental Implant Post and Restoration

After dental implants are inserted, the jawbone heals around and fuses to the titanium posts. By becoming a part of your jaw’s anatomy, implant posts can last for life for many patients, and provide unmatched stability and support for your replacement crown or denture. With one or more dental implants for support, restorations can last for up to 15 years or more (results vary by patient).