However many teeth you need to replace, dental implants offer greater longevity and lower maintenance compared to other options. The implants themselves can usually last a lifetime, depending on their quality, the skill of your implant dentist, and how well you care for your new teeth and your oral health.
To find out more about dental implants in Brisbane, contact Swish Dental today to book a consultation with our caring and experienced dentists in Mitchelton or Everton Park.
Are dental implants permanent?
There are two main parts to dental implants: the implant itself, which is a titanium screw your dentist surgically places in your jaw, and the artificial tooth or teeth attached. Generally, the implant is intended to be a permanent fixture once bonded to the jaw bone, but the teeth may need to be replaced after a number of years, due to damage or normal wear and tear.
Studies have found that dental implants have a high 90–95% success rate over 10 years, with most lasting much longer. It's important to choose a fully qualified and experienced dentist to provide your dental implants so you can avoid problems that could affect their success and longevity.
How long does a crown or bridge last?
A dental implant is usually covered by an individual crown or a bridge, depending on how many teeth it's replacing. According to studies, crowns can generally last 15–20 years before they need to be replaced, though this depends on the material they are made from and how well they're looked after.
Metal crowns are more durable than porcelain or ceramic crowns, but porcelain crowns are often preferred for their natural appearance. Crowns and bridges may also be made from a combination of porcelain and metal to balance aesthetics and strength.
Dental implants vs dentures
Dentures are an alternative to implants for partial or full teeth replacement. While dentures are a more affordable option, and avoid the need for surgery, they don't last as long as implants – generally 5 years or more. They also require special daily care, on top of normal oral hygiene care.
Dentures may also be attached to implants for extra support, and improved strength and biting forces.
Caring for your dental implants
While crowns and bridges don't need as much care as dentures, it's still important to follow good oral hygiene and to avoid activities that can damage your new teeth or increase the risk of implant failure. This includes:
- Brushing your teeth and gums twice a day, including replacement teeth
- Flossing once a day
- Following your dentist's advice about any foods you should avoid
- Avoiding smoking, which reduces implant success rates
- Getting help from your dentist if you grind or clench your teeth
- Visiting the dentist every 6 months for a routine check-up and hygiene treatments
Book a dental implant consultation today
Have more questions about dental implants in Brisbane, or want to know your options for replacing teeth? Contact your local Swish Dental clinic to schedule a discussion with our experienced dentists.