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Are dental implants long-lasting?

I am a 32 year old male with a few missing teeth. Are dental implants long-lasting?

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While dental implants have revolutionized the opportunity to restore you mouth to a healthy function, it should not be the goal you have set for yourself. Keeping your own teeth is always the best option and obviously the cheapest. However, there are circumstances that leads us to all loose teeth and implants is an amazing way to restore. If you go through the process of implants you are most likely getting something that will last a lifetime. Implants do require maintenance and the same care and attention that normal dentition does. So don't think once they are there you are home free.
Depends, on how well your oral hygiene habits are, quality of bone, overall general health. In general yes they last a long time, but it's conditional.
Dental Implants can be long-lasting if they are planned and placed properly.
Better than anything we had before as long as you are not a heavy smoker or uncontrolled diabetic.

Glad to hear you are considering restoring the missing areas of teeth! The goal of dental implants is to be as long lasting as possible. In fact, they now have become our longest lasting way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have a 10 year survival rate in the 98th percentile. However, this does not mean they will last a long time. Sometimes implants fail and have to be redone or have something else done. Dental implants are still prone to gum disease just like your regular teeth are. This will lead to implant failure much like it can lead to loss of a tooth. In contrast to regular teeth, however, dental implants are made out of titanium and porcelain, so they do not decay and get cavities like a normal tooth would.
Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD
Yes. Dental implants, when placed in adequate bone and in the correct orientation to chewing forces, can last many years. However, as with any type of prosthetic device, problems may arise. Home care is extremely important, as well as regular exams and maintenance.
As of now there 10 yr prognosis stands around 90% success rate. There are many that have lasted longer and doing quite well. There are others that have failed in shorter term, but currently in low numbers. So, as of now they appear to be a long lasting restoration.
Yes, They should last a very long time if you keep them clean and see you dentist regularly so they can be monitored.  I would have this conversation with you dentist.
Implants are very long lasting. But the long-term success depends upon the the health of the surrounding bone and gum tissue.
Generally, yes. Implants, like all surgical procedures, need to be properly planned and executed by experienced doctors. At 32 yrs old, you should expect the implant to last you many years. It is impossible to say just how long an implant will last. That is no different than trying to predict how long a hip or knee replacement will last. The important part is be sure your doctors have plenty of experience with both the placement of the implant and the crown/cap/bridges that will be attached to the implants.

Keep smiling,

David M. Kaffey, DDS
Yes. If you use a good, surgeon, lab and restorative dentist. Generally speaking, implants have over 90% success for 10 years, they do not decay and there is negligible bone loss around the implant over time. Ask the surgeon for their long-term success rate and ask the restoring dentist the same question. Do not look for the least expensive option, because they are often the worst.
If you take good care of them and they are placed well. Your oral hygiene has to be superb and don’t smoke!