How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Watch this video to learn more about the durability provided with dental implants, as well as the after-care required to guarantee their longevity.

How long a dental implant last is like a natural tooth. They last for a long, long time. However, I should mention that it requires home care and maintenance. The same care that you provide for your own dentition, your own teeth, for example, proper oral hygiene, brushing and flossing and periodic checkup by your dentist or the implant specialist. Those are very important.

In addition, periodically they have to take an X-ray to monitor the level of the bone around the implant, because sometimes when you have excessive pressure or the oral hygiene is poor, you may develop bone loss around the dental implant and the bone will be resolved being around a dental implant, if the treatment is not done on time, you may end up losing the implants.

In addition, it is a possibility you may have fractured your own tooth, you may fracture the veneers or crown that you have. The same thing can be applied for the implants you may fracture. In fact, one patient I had placed four implants 20 years ago, one day he called me and said, my bridge is loose. When I saw the patient, he had fracture for the implants in the lower jaw.

You can imagine the amount of pressure and the chewing force is tremendous. So all four implants were fractured from the gum line. We had to just remove all four implants to the bone graft and replace the implants to start all over again.