Illustration of various configurations of dental implants to replace missing teeth

Do Dental Implants Last Forever?

Dental implants are one of the most effective restorative options for those missing one or more of their teeth. But do they last forever? In this blog post, we’ll answer some of the top questions we receive about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a restorative treatment composed of a biocompatible titanium rod that is surgically embedded through the gums and into the jawbone (acting as a replacement root) and a replacement tooth, such as a crown, bridge, or dentures. They’re an ideal option for those who are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of their teeth, and have healthy gums and sufficient jaw strength to support the posts. Dental implants are the most secure and long-lasting tooth replacement!

How long does it take to get dental implants?

The dental implant process occurs in phases because it is oral surgery and requires sufficient healing before proceeding. Depending on how many teeth you’re getting replaced, the entire process can take up to a year. If you’re looking for a shorter-term solution, there are other restorative options you can explore, such as a bridge, partial dentures, or full dentures that are not secured with implants.

How long do dental implants last?

Even though dental implants are replacement teeth, you still need to care for them as if they were natural teeth. That means consistent, twice-daily brushing and daily flossing are still necessary, along with maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco use whenever possible. You should also continue to maintain your twice-yearly dental appointments to ensure there are no complications with your implants or any abnormalities with your smile. Daily maintenance can save you significant hassle and money down the road!

If properly taken care of, dental implants can last 25 years or longer. The crown may need to be replaced due to wear and tear, but the implant itself is near permanent.

Affordable dental implants in Monroe, WA

If you are curious about dental implants or our other restorative dental treatments, we’d love for you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim and our team. We’d be happy to help you find a solution that fits your smile goals and budget. Please contact us today!


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September 28, 2022 5:42 am
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