Dental implants are an excellent choice for long-term tooth replacement, but how long do dental implants last? Factors that affect how long dental implants lasts depend largely on the patient’s lifestyle and overall dental hygiene. In fact, the technology of dental implants has become so advanced over the years that implant failures due to rejection or functionality issues have largely become problems of the past. Preexisting medical conditions, diseases, and implant misuse are more likely factors to cause an implant to fail.
When properly maintained with adequate brushing and flossing, the implant itself can last a lifetime, assuming the patient receives regular dental check-ups twice a year. A crown, however, is rated to last about 10 to 15 years before normal wear can cause the tooth to require replacement, although excellent dental hygiene could extend the life beyond 15 years.
Mouth location is also a factor in the expected longevity of a dental implant. Implants in the back of the mouth receive more strain from chewing, which can cause them to fail more quickly than implants near the front of the mouth.
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