How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental Implants RaleighGösta Larsson received the first modern dental implant in 1965. At the time of his death in 2006, he had been using his implants for over 40 years! A modern dental implant is considered to be a titanium screw that when fused with your jawbone, creates a replacement root for a tooth. A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth that when attached to the implant looks and functions like a normal tooth.

Just like a normal tooth can last forever, a dental implant may last forever. That’s not to say that a normal tooth or the dental implant will last forever, but with proper maintenance they should last a lifetime. Factors such as nutrition, hygiene, genetics, gum disease, trauma, or other diseases such as diabetes which can affect the bone are all contributing factors that may shorten the life of a dental implant. The crown will receive wear and tear over time, and this part needs to be replaced approximately every 10-15 years.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact Davis Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center in Raleigh, or call 919-488-2194 to schedule an evaluation.