At The Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas, patients often ask us if dental implants will last a lifetime. There is no doubt that dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth as they are nearly as durable as natural teeth with one of their benefits being longevity. In theory, dental implants can last a lifetime, but there are some factors that can compromise their longevity.
A dental implant is made of titanium that fuses with the jawbone. This allows the implant to serve as a stable and functional tooth root. The implant itself should never corrode or decay but it can fail. Some of the factors that can contribute to dental implant failure include:
Periodontal disease can cause a dental implant to fail in the same way it can cause the loss of a natural tooth. If periodontal disease is present and allowed to progress, harmful bacteria can cause infection that leads to inflammation of the gum tissue while deteriorating the bone around the implant to loosen the implant.
Trauma sustained to the tooth or jaw can dislodge a dental implant. Even a poorly aligned bite can cause a dental implant to fail due to an excessive amount of stress being placed on the implant.
Your dental implants can last for decades if you are committed to caring for your oral health. Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent a dental implant from failing. This includes brushing your teeth two times a day, flossing daily and seeing your Las Vegas dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings.
Dr. Letelier is a board certified, oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has a great deal of experience in providing his patients with dental implants. If you have any questions about dental implants or wish to schedule an appointment to find out if dental implants are right for you, please contact us today.