How Long Do Dental Implants Last?


We might only grow two sets of teeth, but when you lose one or more of your permanent ones, you don’t have to accept an incomplete smile for the rest of your life. There are several highly-effective options for replacing lost teeth, including dental bridges and partial or full dentures, though you may benefit most from an implant-supported dental prosthesis.

Dental implants consist of tiny posts that serve as replacement teeth roots and hold a crown or denture in place. Besides stabilizing your prosthesis with unmatched support, dental implant posts can also last for life when maintained and cared for properly.  

Dental Implant Posts

Dental implant restorations (such as dental crowns for single lost teeth, or dentures for multiple lost teeth) rely on small posts that act as replacements for lost teeth roots. Dental implant posts are typically made from biocompatible titanium, meaning jawbone structure accepts them as genuine and bonds to their titanium surfaces. Once the jawbone heals and the restoration is attached, the implant posts will be stimulated every time you bite and chew, promoting a healthy flow of nutrients through the jaw. As a permanent part of your jawbone’s structure, implant posts can last for life with excellent hygiene and regular care at your implant dentist’s office.

Dental Implant Restorations

After implant posts are placed and the jawbone has healed, Dr. Keelan can attach connective abutments to the posts, which are situated underneath the gums. The abutments will allow him to connect your restoration to the implant posts so that your new teeth rest securely on your dental ridge. With the improved support of dental implants, your crown or denture can last for up to 10-15 years, and perhaps longer, before needing replacement due to routine wear.