Dental Implant Replacement - How Long Do They Last?

If you are thinking about getting dental implants, you are making a great choice. This teeth restoration method is highly effective and will restore both the appearance and functionality of your teeth. 

Moreover, an implant is a permanent procedure, meaning that once the metal post has fused with the bone, it can last you a lifetime. 

The dental crown, on the other hand, might need to be replaced. Here's when and why. 

The Longevity of a Dental Implant 

As we said, dental implants are permanent, yet you may need to replace the crown after a couple of decades or even more. 

With proper care, the crown can last for as long as 30 years. If it does deteriorate over time before its average life span, then it's important to have it fixed or replaced right away. 

Why Do Dental Implants Need to Be Replaced?

Here are some of the reasons you may need to replace your implant:

  • Implants Failure 

Implant failure is not common, but it can still occur. Certain medical conditions, poor bone density, trauma during surgery, and other factors can lead to implant failure. 

  • Oral Hygiene 

The healing period after the initial surgery is essential in ensuring the success of your implant. You must keep good oral hygiene and make sure the site is clean. 

  • Your Lifestyle 

Habits such as drinking and smoking or eating foods that do not support your oral health can affect the integration of the implant. Poor habits can affect the healing process and make it more likely for bacteria to accumulate and infect the surgery site. 

  • Injuries 

If you chip or crack your dental crown while eating certain foods, for example, then you will need to replace it. 

How Can I Tell That I Need to Replace My Implant? 

If you have dental implants, know that they should feel just like natural teeth. Pain and discomfort are not normal and you should contact your dentist if you experience them. Signs your dental implants need to be replaced include:

  • Infection around the implant site 
  • The implant feels loose or it’s moving 
  • Pain around the implant area 
  • Tingling and numbing in the area

If you have any of these symptoms or several, contact your dentist and schedule an appointment right away. 

Want to Learn More About Implants? Get in Touch! 

Are you interested in dental implants but would like to learn more about what the process entails and if you are a good candidate? 

Sunlight Dental is here to answer all your questions. We know how important patient education is and want to help you make informed decisions about your oral health.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today and tell us more about your oral health needs. You can also call us at (307) 638-8071 to find out more about our services.

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