How long do dental implants last?

In a perfect world, your natural teeth would last for a lifetime, sparing you the need for artificial tooth restorations. But in the real world, teeth fall victim to many damaging agents, from chronic conditions like progressive tooth decay and infection to acute events like accidents or injuries. But regardless of the reason, patients you should always address a missing tooth.

Dental Implants in Fort Collins, CO

One modern solution for a lost tooth is a dental implant. This restoration consists of an implant screw similar to your tooth’s root and joined with your jawbone. Connected to the implant screw is the visible portion of the artificial tooth, usually a porcelain ceramic crown, indistinguishable from the natural tooth it replaces.

Your Implant’s Lifespan

The life of a new dental implant will be influenced by how well you maintain it. Like a natural tooth, you will brush and floss it. With proper care, the crown portion of your implant can last for many years.

However, if you injure your crown, one benefit of a dental implant is that your damaged crown may be removed and replaced by a new restoration attached to the implant screw. So unlike a natural tooth, the artificial root may resist problems giving you strong odds that it will serve as a foundation for new restorations for the rest of your life.

If this sounds good to you, call the team at Centre Family Dental to set up a consultation today.