Are dental implants lasting solution?
The short answer is that it is designed to be a permanent tooth replacement option, but just like with any type of dental prosthetics, it has an average lifespan (which is 15-20 years in this case). Keep in mind that certain things could cause your dental implants to fail, which will be covered in this guide as well.
A general rule of thumb is to have a solid oral hygiene routine that you stick to, brushing your teeth twice per day (at a minimum) and flossing at least once per day. This will help ensure that the life of your dental implants is prolonged as much as possible.
A Comparison of Dental Implants vs Dental Implant Alternatives
There are many different types of alternatives to dental implants out there, some of which might not even require a visit to the dentist but a visit to a specific website instead of where you will place your order. Because we’re a full-service dentistry practice serving Houston and surrounding areas, we’ll only touch on the alternatives that are the most popular within our office today.
There’s Only 1 Way to Find Out…
That is by comparing what dental implants have to offer patients in comparison to what competing options can provide. We felt the best way to do this is to put it all on a table for you to easily see it all.
|Procedure||Cost of Procedure||Average Lifespan*||# of Visits||Success Rate||Covered by Insurance?|
|$1,999 Per Tooth||20-25 Years||2-3+||98%||In Rare Cases|
|$1,500-$15,000||4-8 Years||2||Mid-Range||In Most Cases|
|$1,000-$2,000 Per Tooth||5-15 Years||2||High||In Most Cases|
|$1,500+||5-7 Years||1-4||High||In Some Cases|
*Provided the dental patient practices excellent oral hygiene and has no other dental issues that arise.
Now let’s go ahead and think about good things and bad things. Dentures and dental bridges are great options that are a little bit more affordable than getting dental implants. And dental crowns are the best choice for those just needing a single tooth replacement (or a couple). However, with the lower cost comes a lower quality material even though it tries to get as close to the quality of implants as it can get.
However, this is what happens usually when you try to save money doing anything these days. You save the few bucks here and there just to realize in the end that they cut corners to make it happen. And that the life, as well as the overall value of the experience, has to be on the receiving end of the side effects.
Having done the research many times over the years to support my clinical studies and enhance my patient approaches, I can say that implants do have the added lifespan and overall quality factor won. If money is hard to come by, it might not be the option for you though as it could be hard to afford.
Know the Things That Directly Affect the Life of Dental Implants
Being knowledgeable is the key to success, regardless of the situation. Here is everything you need to know about how long dental implants last and how you can make them last even longer.
Current State of Your Oral Health
Always ensure that you don’t have any dental infections or issues that could make your bone too weak to provide sound support for your dental implant. Or even lead to the recession of the dental implant in certain circumstances. Other issues can quickly cause failure.
Lifestyle Choices & Habits That You Make
From what you eat and drink to not being a heavy drinker, everything you do has an outcome associated with the overall state of your dental implant(s). Certain foods that are high in sugar could lead to dental problems as well. Make healthy habits for the longest-lasting implants.
Oral Hygiene Routine That Is Embraced
You should be visiting your dentist every 6 months, at least. As well as brushing/flossing 2 to 3 times daily. A strong oral hygiene routine where your gums, teeth, and tongue stay as clean as possible will ensure that dental implants don’t fail due to poor oral hygiene. It truly pays off.
The Skill Level of the Dentist Placing the Implant
Skills are all a professional has that they can use to their advantage, especially in the world of dentistry where it can get quite competitive as a dentist. Especially when it comes to dental implant surgery, because of it being one of the more intense dental procedures of all.
Not only do implants require specialized skills some dentists just have not wanted to pursue personally, but they’re usually done by a surgical dentist capable in all areas of oral surgery. This will come with a higher cost than a dentist that has limited abilities and less experience. It also ensures they can administer the necessary sedation to help you make it through surgery.
What You Tend to Put Your Teeth Through
Chewing on things that are hard and grinding your teeth can cause implants to wear out quicker than they are intended to wear out. The reason for this is that the repeated force wears away the material and rounds the implant down, at least in most cases this is what happens. Opening a cork with your mouth or other use of force with your teeth can also deliver a negative impact.
Where the Dental Implant Is Located
Your front teeth don’t have a bunch of pressure, unlike the teeth that are located towards the back of your mouth which tend to be exposed to a lot of pressure. If your implant is on the front, it is more likely to last longer than dental implants placed in the back of your mouth.
It is true, and we are not just saying it because smoking is bad for all types of teeth, it is a proven fact that smokers are more likely to experience dental implant failure than non-smokers. If failure does occur, it might require you to have your dentist extract the dental implant entirely to allow for a fresh install. It will most likely cost the same, or possibly a little more, to repair a dental implant after it failed.
It all starts by putting a plan together. Setup your dental implant consultation today!
We want you to stop by soon and visit us so that we can discuss your dental implant options and everything else that you need to know about them, including how long they last. Call our office directly at (281) 762-0637 and schedule an appointment to see Dr. Jasmine Naderi, a Top-Rated Houston Dentist.