As a growing number of people search for long-term solutions to replace their missing or damaged teeth, dental implants have gained notoriety among both patients and dentists. But how long do dental implants last? Single dental-implant supported crowns can last 3 times longer than traditional crowns. This is because the supporting structure of a titanium implant actually fuses to the jawbone through a process called osteo-integration.
Implants form a very stable foundation for the crown that doesn’t rely on the health of the tooth. This is different from traditional crowns, which use the tooth’s root. Good oral hygiene habits are still essential to extending the life of both implants and traditional crowns. Bad habits like grinding your teeth, biting your fingernails, or chewing ice can also wear down the crown itself.
There are three basic parts to a single implant restoration:
- The Implant
The dental implant itself is a grooved titanium support that fuses with the jawbone over a period of 12-16 weeks, forming a secure foundation to attach the replacement tooth (the crown)
- The Abutment
The abutment is the middle part of the restoration, which attaches to the implant to hold the crown in place.
- The Crown
The final stage of the restoration is a ceramic crown which fastens to the abutment, providing the look and function of a natural tooth.
How long do dental implants last?
The dental implant itself can last a lifetime. However, the ceramic crown or replacement tooth still wears down, and so usually lasts between 10 and 15 years. Worn or broken crowns can be removed and replaced by attaching a new crown to the implant.
Patients who replace one or two missing or damaged (what dentists refer to as ‘failing’) teeth with single dental implants can expect good results as long as they avoid bad habits and maintain good oral hygiene.
Many people have dealt with bad teeth for years. Some fear having to wear traditional dentures that they need to take out for cleaning. For patients with more serious conditions like multiple tooth loss, gum disease or failing bridges and crowns, full arch implant supported bridges can provide a life-changing solution.
Full arch implant supported bridges
Full arch implant supported bridges are full sets of natural-looking teeth and gums. They rely on the fact that the implants themselves can last a lifetime. Now advances in the materials used to create these bridges are proving that they may last a lifetime as well.
Beginning in the early 2000s, dentists used multiple dental implants to support full arch bridges, creating beautiful and functional smiles. As these procedures became more common, dentists noticed problems in the bridge connected to the dental implants. The bridges were chipping, breaking, cracking and losing teeth, because they were (and still are) made from multiple materials cemented together. Acrylic bridges with denture teeth are essentially plastic surrounding a metal bar with ceramic crowns cemented in.
After a few years of delivering acrylic arches, we found nearly a 1/3 of them needed replacement in the first couple of years. They also were very hard to keep clean because the porous nature of the plastic attracted stains, odors, and plaque. The plaque attracted bacteria that contributed to infections under the bridge. These infections sometimes degraded the dental implants through a condition called peri-implantitis.
In 2012, we found a single answer to all these problems.
Our research led us to discover Prettau® Zirconia – a revolutionary material from which we can create a solid set of naturally beautiful teeth and gums perfect for full arch implant restorations. It doesn’t chip, break, crack or attract plaque like other full arch bridges made from acrylic and denture teeth, and it’s the only bridge backed by 2 landmark studies of over 2,000 cases and a 99+% success rate. In the years since we began producing this bridge using our Teeth Tomorrow® protocol, less than 0.2% have failed in any way.
Teeth Tomorrow Manhattan proudly provides this life-changing solution that puts an end to suffering caused by missing and failing teeth. To find out if Teeth Tomorrow is right for you, call our office at (646) 491-8972 or request a consultation online.