How Long Can a Dental Implant Last After Restoration?

By: Dr. Fadi Zaknoun


Are you considering dental implants in Wareham, MA, to replace missing teeth? Many people turn to this treatment when they have a gap in their smile. Implants are popular because they look and feel like natural teeth, and with proper care, they can last for many years. They're especially appealing to people who are uninterested in temporary dentures, which require frequent replacements.

In this comprehensive guide, Dr. Fadi Zaknoun explores the factors that impact the longevity of your dental implants. We also provide important tips for maintaining your dental restoration to help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for as long as possible. Call Cape Cod Dental to book an assessment and learn more about the benefits of implants.

How do dental implants replace missing teeth?

Dental implants are metal (usually titanium) posts that are placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. The implant fuses with the underlying bone to create a strong and stable foundation. This process is called osseointegration and can take several months. Once the implant has fully integrated, a custom-made crown or bridge is secured on top of the post.

Since implants are anchored firmly into the jawbone, they are a more durable option compared to traditional removable dentures. Best of all, implants can last for decades or even a lifetime.

Factors that impact the longevity of your implants

While dental implants are considered long-lasting, their success also depends on various factors such as:

  • Oral hygiene: Just like natural teeth, it's important to keep your implants clean and free from plaque. Smart habits such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily help prevent issues that may affect the implant.
  • Bone density: The success of an implant relies on having enough bone to support it. If you have low bone density or experienced bone loss because of periodontal disease, you may need a bone graft before getting an implant.
  • Overall health: Some medical conditions like diabetes increase your risk of complications after dental implant surgery. Disclose your full medical history to Dr. Zaknoun before undergoing any treatment.
  • Personal habits: Tobacco use will impair your recovery from surgery and increase your risk of implant failure. We ask that you quit smoking to improve the long-term success of your implants.
  • Teeth grinding: Bruxism (also called teeth grinding) can put pressure on your implants and cause damage over time. Our team may recommend a night guard for protection while you sleep.

Tips for maintaining your dental restoration

Regular care and maintenance can impact the longevity of your dental implants in Wareham, MA. Here are some tips to help keep yours in top shape:

  • Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily, making sure to clean around the implant to remove plaque and food particles
  • Attend regular check-ups and cleanings so Dr. Zaknoun can monitor your implants and address any issues early on

If you notice any changes in your dental restoration, such as looseness or discomfort, contact us right away for an assessment.

Enhance your smile with dental implants

At Cape Cod Dental, we offer a range of restorative options, including dental implants, to help patients achieve a healthy and gorgeous smile. We are dedicated to providing personalized care to ensure the longevity of your restoration. Contact us in Wareham, MA, today to discover how implants can improve your oral health and confidence. Dr. Fadi Zaknoun looks forward to helping you achieve a smile that lasts.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.