How Long do Dental Implants Last?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions our implantologists answer here at Marylebone Implant Centre.

In short, as long as the patient has a stable medical history and there is good oral hygiene, dental implants don’t have an expiry date.

Read on to find out why dental implants could last for decades to come.

As with all dental and medical procedures, every case is considered on a patient-by-patient basis and each outcome is considered likewise.

However, with annual check-ups, proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a professional hygienist, the implants themselves may last for many decades.

We can be extra-confident about implant longevity in a patient if:

  • The inside of their mouth is healthy;
  • There is sufficient volume of bone;
  • They don’t have any issues with their gums (such as gum disease); and
  • Other, non-implant teeth are in good condition.

Having a healthy mouth, complete with strong gums and teeth gives your dental implants the best chance at success.

There are ongoing dental studies covering patients with fully functional dental implants which were placed over30 years ago.

While we can’t categorically state that implants will last for the rest of a patient’s life, we can say with confidence that there’s a strong chance of this should their mouth remain perfectly healthy.

It is also worth noting that as implant technology and techniques are constantly evolving, these advances are utilised to consistently evolve implantology methods and materials for patients across London and the wider UK.

Marylebone Implant Centre are proud to use the foremost dental implant technology and materials to create bespoke dental implants that can last many years, remaining strong and stable in the mouth for many years to come. Our Straumann implants have many years of research behind them as well as being one of the best known Dental Implants on the market. Although these may make the cost of dental implants in London slightly more expensive they also have the added benefit of reducing the healing time of the Dental Implant for some patients, giving patients the advantage of completing their restoration treatment earlier.

Giving every patient a strong bite and a beautiful smile once again.

How long do dental implants last? - Marylebone Implant Centre

Dental Implant Structure Ensures Long-Lasting Results

Dental implants are generally made up of a three-part structure, designed to deliver a long-lasting smile for every patient.

Every implant begins with an implant plug which replaces the roots of the removed or missing tooth. These plugs are made of titanium, a metal renowned for its biocompatibility with the human body.

Titanium facilitates fusion between the jawbone and the plug itself, helping implant plugs to last as long as possible.

A titanium abutment is then fitted inside the implant plug, creating a bridge between the plug and the porcelain crown.

In some cases, the dental implant and the abutment are formed from one piece, known as screw-contained crowns.

The final, visible piece is the crown, which replicates the crown of the lost or failing tooth. The materials used to create the crown ensure that your teeth look great and give you the strength needed to eat normally.

A patient’s implant crowns may require changing at stages depending on their condition, though that doesn’t mean that the implants themselves need replacing, as titanium is an incredibly strong material that delivers the strength of steel without the associated weight.

MIC uses dental implant materials of strictly the highest quality

All the materials used in our practice are CE approved, and we are proud to work with 100% Britain-based dental laboratories that give us the highest standard of work and all the necessary guarantees.

This is because, at Marylebone Implant Centre (MIC), we believe in providing maximum value to our patients.

When it comes to our implant treatments, it’s imperative that they not only provide an excellent replacement for damaged or missing teeth but also improve the lives of patients well into the future.

Our highly experienced clinicians ensure the utmost professional care throughout the implant process, using implant components of only the highest quality and suitability for each case.

As for the implant systems, Marylebone strictly uses market-leading products in each treatment, offered by esteemed companies such as Straumann and Implant Direct. These manufacturers offer highly functional and durable systems, backed by extensive research which is utilised by rival manufacturers in the production of their solutions.

How can we ensure dental implant longevity?

Patients of the Marylebone Implant Centre can rest easily knowing their dental implants are configured by highly-trained implantologists and backed by industry-leading components.

However, post-procedural care is ultimately the key factor as to whether the implants last as long as they’re designed to. While supportive hygiene treatments are recommended by our implantologist, patients are responsible for their oral health moving forward. Failure to practise adequate oral hygiene can lead to a plethora of implant-related complications.

Occasionally there are certain conditions or medications that may impact on the longevity of implants, and you should, therefore, attend a yearly review appointment with the implantologist to ensure the implants and surrounding bone is stable.

If left untreated, issues such as periodontitis and peri-implantitis, both of which form due to bacterial accumulation, may result in the loss of implant(s). All of our dentists are registered with the GDC, while our treatment is all approved under BDA, GDC and UK standard guidelines. View our dental implant costs London.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Poor dental hygiene is one of the most common reasons that implants fail, and it is the most easily avoided complication.

Issues such as periodontitis, severe gum disease, and peri-implantitis, infection around the implant site caused by tartar build up, both form due to bacterial accumulation caused by poor hygiene.

These may result in the loss of your dental implant(s).

How to clean your dental implants:

  1. Brush at least twice daily with a soft-bristled manual brush or electric toothbrush, and fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Use a water flosser or interdental brush between the teeth and under any implant bridges.
  3. Floss under the bridge, if applicable.
  4. Use a sulcus brush, which is a very thin toothbrush that can clean the line between the implants and gums.
  5. Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash.

Marylebone Implant Centre – London’s dental implantologists

We pride ourselves on the utmost care & transparency with patients before, after and during treatment. Our treatment plans include all fees and information on time scales; there are no hidden costs. Our highly-experienced clinicians are all registered under the GDC.