How long do tooth implants last?

Published on May 30, 2022
How long do tooth implants last

Dental implants - also known as tooth implants - are a safe, effective and natural-looking way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. If you’ve lost a tooth due to an injury or simply just needed to have a tooth removed, you may want to talk to your local National Dental Care Group practitioner about whether a tooth implant is the right solution for you.

When considering a dental implant, you may be curious to know how long tooth implants last. If so, read on to learn more about dental implants, including how they can benefit you and whether a dental implant is worth it.

What does a dental implant treat?

Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, which may have been knocked out due to an accident or removed as part of dental surgery.

There are many benefits to having a tooth implant, including:

  • The confidence of a full, restored smile
  • Improved ability to bite and chew
  • Easier speech and talking ability
  • Greater comfort in the mouth
  • The convenience of a permanent (non-removable) tooth replacement
  • Long-lasting durability

How long do tooth implants last?

If you’re wondering how long a dental implant will last, it’s important to be aware of the different factors that can affect the lifespan of your dental implant.

Dental implants are a durable and long-lasting tooth replacement solution that offer the natural look and function of your real teeth. In many cases, tooth implants can last for many years or even a lifetime.

To help you understand how long your dental implant may last, here are some of the factors involved in tooth implant lifespan:

  • Contact sports: If you play a lot of high-impact or contact sports, such as football or mixed martial arts, you’ll be at an increased risk of damaging your dental implant.

  • Diet and lifestyle: Unhealthy habits such as smoking tobacco, heavy drinking and poor diet can all have an impact on how long your dental implant will last. To ensure your tooth implant lasts as long as possible, it’s best to adopt a healthy, low-sugar diet and avoid activities such as smoking which can significantly damage your oral health.

  • Medical Conditions: Diabetes and osteoporosis, as well as the medications used to treat certain conditions may have an impact on the success of implants.

  • Dental habits: Habits like tooth grinding and clenching may also have a detrimental effect on your implants.

Are tooth implants worth it?

If you’re trying to decide whether dental implants are worth it, it’s a good idea to chat to your local National Dental Care or DB Dental practitioner - they’ll be able to provide you with advice on dental implants, as well as alternative treatments such as dentures and dental bridges.

Your dentist can also provide you with information on dental implant costs (and if you’re curious to know more, check out our blog post, How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost in Australia.

Dental implants are a safe, effective and natural-looking way to replace a missing tooth. As a result, tooth implants can boost your self-confidence by restoring your smile and letting you perform everyday activities such as eating and speaking without discomfort.

Book a consultation with an experienced dentist to explore your dental health treatment options

Our friendly and experienced dental practitioners will be happy to discuss your dental treatment options with you, from dental implants to bridges, dentures, crowns and other tooth restoration solutions.

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