It’s not a secret that our dental implants in Henderson, NV, are a permanent solution for restoring missing teeth. With a 95% success rate, many consider dental implants a long-lasting and reliable teeth replacement option.
However, after getting dental implant treatments, most patients ask if they will ever need to be replaced and how frequently.
In this article, Dr. Heeyup Ghim, DMD, our Henderson dentist, will explore the circumstances under which dental implants will require replacement, the reasons they are replaced, and the process involved so you can have a confident smile.
Average Lifespan of Dental Implants
The average lifespan of dental implants ranges from about 10 to 30 years. This implies that depending on the age when you get an implant, it can last for the rest of your life. Also, implants can last a lifetime when maintained properly, especially by visiting your dental implant dentist for checkups.
While an implant can last for a lifetime, the crowns attached to it may not. This is because the crowns are made of porcelain, which is durable. But after 15-20 years, the crown will need to be replaced due to discoloration and typical wear and tear.
However, when compared to other restorative treatment options, such as bridges and dentures, dental implants are more cost-effective.
How Often Do Dental Implants Need to Be Replaced?
Healthy oral hygiene is important in determining overall health and the lifespan of your dental implant. So, depending on how well you care for your teeth, your implants may begin to show signs of wear and tear. This is most likely to occur after occasionally biting down on something hard, after an accident, or following sudden trauma.
Patients who grind their teeth may notice slight fractures forming on their crowns. With time, these fractures widen, causing the crown to fail or come apart. Before this happens, it becomes necessary to replace the crown.
Furthermore, patients with some forms of malocclusion, especially an overbite or underbite, may have their crowns wear away sooner. Also, when there are signs of dental implant failure, it becomes necessary to replace the implants to save the tooth and root.
Signs of Dental Implant Failure
Dental implant failure is generally categorized into two groups: early failure and late failure. Early failures mostly occur within the first three to four months after the procedure is complete. They usually arise as a result of poor healing or bone tissue problems.
Late dental implant failure mostly occurs within a year or more after the patient has been using the implant and experiences infection or recession in the gum.
Although the dental implant failure rate is quite minimal, the common signs below indicate a dental implant failure:
Patients begin to feel their implants loosen and move around their mouths when the fitted implant shifts due to an insufficient amount of bone tissue to support the post.
Secondly, if the implant is not correctly placed in your gums, you will feel it move when you eat, talk, or touch. Occurrences like this point to an implant failure. When left unaddressed, a loose implant can cause damage to your gums and jawbone and affect your smile’s appearance.
Patients who find it hard to thoroughly clean their teeth due to dental limitations or patients with oral-immune diseases and bad oral hygiene can give room for the growth of harmful bacteria around the gum and below the implant.
An infected gum can damage the tissue in your mouth and affect the sturdiness of the implant. Such an occurrence can make you an early candidate for implant replacement. To improve the success rate of your implant lasting a lifetime, you must maintain good oral hygiene.
Implants may need to be replaced if you start to experience gum tissue recession. Recession often occurs when you do not brush and floss as frequently. As a result, plaque and tartar begin to form along the gum line and around the base of the implants. When this issue persists, the gums may recede from the crown, causing the abutment below to become more visible.
What’s Involved in Dental Implant Replacement Surgery?
Step 1: A Thorough Examination
The first step involved is thoroughly examining and developing a treatment plan.
Step 2: Placing the Dental Implant(s)
After the examination, a titanium, screw-shaped implant post is surgically placed in the jawbone and allowed to heal. As healing occurs, the implant will fuse with the bone to form a firm foundation for the overlying prosthesis.
Step 3: Attaching the abutment
Once the implant has been integrated, an abutment is screwed onto the implant. Afterward, the final prosthesis, an individual tooth, a bridge, or a denture containing multiple teeth, is attached.
Step 4: Fitting and re-examination
The crown is then attached to the abutment when ready. You may also need a follow-up visit to the dentist to ensure a good fit, look, and functionality.
High-Quality Dental Implants In Henderson, NV
Dental implants are the most durable and natural way to replace one or more missing teeth. To see if dental implants in Henderson are right for you, our experienced implant dentist, Dr. Heeyup Ghim, DMD, can determine your needs and also provide you with expert care for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Schedule a consultation today, and let’s restore your smile.