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How long do dental implants last?

When it comes to tooth replacements, dental implants offer patients the closest option to natural teeth. Dr. Jeremy Jones, DMD, places the titanium dental implant directly into the patient’s jaw, where it integrates with the jawbone.

After the area heals, we attach a dental crown or another tooth replacement option, like dentures or bridge, to the dental implant using an abutment. The dental implant itself can last a lifetime with proper care, which makes it an excellent, long-lasting tooth replacement option for many patients. However, the crown, bridge, or dentures will eventually require replacement.

How Long Does the Denture, Crown, or Bridge Last?

If we’ve attached a dental crown, dentures, or a bridge to your dental implant, that portion of your tooth replacement may need replacement at some point. However, if you adhere to an excellent oral hygiene routine and care for your tooth replacement by avoiding some habits, like chewing on ice or your fingernails, then any of these restorations can last a decade or more. 

To extend the life of your tooth replacement, you should also wear a night guard at night if you tend to grind your teeth or clench your jaw and avoid eating crunchy or hard foods that damage the restoration.

Dental Implants in Fishers

At Dentistry of Fishers, Dr. Jeremy Jones, DMD, performs expert dental implant procedures to help patients create complete, healthy smiles. If you need a tooth or teeth replaced, reach out to our experienced team of dental professionals today.

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