If you’re thinking about replacing one or more missing teeth with a dental implant, you probably have some questions – maybe a lot of them. At Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ we have the answers.
One of the most common questions patients have about dental implants is: how long do they last?
The short answer is that they last a long time. Before we explain further, though, let’s review what a dental implant is.
Dental implants are sometimes referred to as “tooth implants.” Strictly speaking, this is incorrect. An implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw bone to serve as a support structure for an artificial tooth.
What makes them so successful is that the titanium post actually fuses with the bone to become a part of the body. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while several of them can support a full dental arch.
Now for a slightly longer answer to implant longevity. Properly cared for, a dental implant itself can last a lifetime. The artificial tooth, called a crown, will never decay like a natural tooth, but they generally they do wear down from normal use. Crowns typically last for ten to fifteen years. At that point, you can have a new crown placed on the existing implant.
At Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ we specialize in single dental implants and implant-supported dentures. People from Peoria, Surprise, and Sun City West come to our office for our all-inclusive pricing, lifetime warranty, free second opinions, and in-office discount plan. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment today!