Will My Dental Implants Last a Lifetime?
There’s is no getting away from the fact that implants are the most natural looking, non-removable form of teeth replacement that modern dentistry allows, but there is however much debate over their longevity. To say that they can last a lifetime is a bold statement to make but is there any truth in it? Let’s take a look.
Whether you undergo treatment at a clinic who has been fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years such as Sheen Dental, or your local private dental practice that’s newly opened, the question of how long a implant lasts is never that cut and dried. The reason is that there are a number of mitigating factors which can influence the longevity of a dental implant and many are often beyond the control of the surgeon.
Poor oral hygiene
When it comes to getting the most out of your implants, they look feel and even act just like your normal teeth and as such can succumb to gum disease and attacks from bacteria and plaque just as much as your natural teeth would. The latter stages of gum (periodontal) disease can attack the gum and weaken the bone that supports the implant so a high standard of oral hygiene is needed. Regular brushing, flossing and irrigation using a good quality mouthwash is key to implant longevity.
State of your overall health
It isn’t just bad oral hygiene that can cause implants to fail. Another cause or causes may well be the state of your overall health. For example lifestyle choices such as excessive drinking and smoking, diseases such as diabetes or certain cancers, and even chronic stress can all have an impact on the life of your implants. This is why when you come to see Sheen dental for a dental implant in Richmond; we make sure that each patient is thoroughly aware that it’s important to keep their overall health as well as their oral health in check.
Dental implants are specially designed to be super-strong as the average human bite force is somewhere between 100-150lbs of pressure, all of which has to be absorbed by the load-bearing implant However when continual or abnormal force is placed on the substitute tooth or teeth such as excessive teeth grinding or clenching, then this can severely weaken the performance of a tooth and thus shorten it’s longevity.
In essence, if you are in good health and look after yourself, practice good oral hygiene and don’t suffer from teeth grinding or teeth clenching, then there’s no reason why implants can’t last 30-40 years. For many people who have implants in their later years, then that’s a lifetime. However if you do have issues like those listed above, then unfortunately it may only be a fraction of this.
If you would like any more information on dental implants or are interested in undergoing fitting for a dental implant in Richmond then contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk Our friendly and highly experienced staff are on hand to help.