Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
One of the signature benefits of dental implants is their longevity, matched by few cosmetic dentistry procedures. Clinical studies that are 10, 20, even 30 years long show survival rates for implants over 90%. There is no indication that these studies have reached the effective maximum lifetime for dental implants. In fact, there is no reason to believe that implants can’t last a lifetime.
There are caveats, however. First, implants have a pronounced “wearing in” period when they have to integrate with the jawbone. Failure to integrate with the bone is one of the leading causes of implant failure, accounting for approximately half of all implant failures.
Second, implants are subject to some of the same perils that face your natural teeth. Implants can get gum disease (it’s called peri-implantitis, rather than periodontitis, but it’s essentially the same condition). Good oral hygiene can help you maintain good oral health and this will protect your implants so they can last as long as possible.