Dental implants are quite the investment of time and money. If you get one, then you want to be sure it will last as long as possible.
Implants Can Last a Lifetime
It’s hard to say exactly how long dental implants can last. Most dentists give an estimate of around 25 years. There aren’t yet enough long-term studies to prove that implants last a lifetime, but in 98% of cases they’re expected to.
One special case gives hope.
Swedish scientist Per-Ingvar Brånemark place the first implant in 1965 in a man named Gösta Larsson, who enjoyed his replacement tooth for over 40 years until his death.
That was the very first dental implant. These restorations are only getting better with time. Advances in dental imaging and surgical planning ensure that implants are safer and stronger than ever before.
If you get an implant, it will most likely last you your entire life.
Why Do Dental Implants Last So Long?
An implant is a small rod set into the bone beneath your gums. As new bone tissue grows around it, the implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth.
Once the implant attaches to the bone, it isn’t going anywhere. In theory, it could stay with you for life. As long as you take good care of it, that is.
Make Your Dental Implant Last
The way you treat your dental implant, like any natural tooth, affects its longevity.
Keep your implant clean through daily brushing and flossing. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, if your dentist recommends it. Avoid habits such as smoking which can weaken the bone and gums around implants.
Visit your dentist for regular checkups to ensure the health of your entire smile.
Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
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