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How long do dental implants last?

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

So, how long do dental implants last?

90% of dental implants remain intact after 10 years!

Depending on your lifestyle and dental hygiene, dental implants can have the potential to last 25-30 years – that’s as long as a mortgage!

In fact, the implant component of a dental implant (titanium screw fixed into the jawbone) can last a lifetime with little maintenance, from daily brushing and flossing, to making visits to your dentist twice a year. Meanwhile, the crown (a custom-made porcelain cap replacing the natural enamel of your tooth) can last 10-15 years with natural wear before replacement is needed.


Compared to other alternatives for dental implants:

Dental bridges – typically last an average of 5-7 years.
Dentures – dentists recommend new dentures after 5-8 years when bone loss causes the jaw to change shape.

Dental implants last much longer because they are usually made of strong materials such as titanium, which is less prone to corrosion, while being lightweight. The human body also does not reject titanium as a foreign object. Dental implants are not affected by adjoining teeth like dental bridges, and do not slip when chewing or biting unlike dentures.

Other factors affecting how long your dental implants last include your mouth location: implants in the back are likely to wear faster due to more strain in chewing. The strength and condition of your jawbone going forward also affects how long your implants will last.

What is a dental implant procedure like?

A dental implant procedure is a safe, generally 1-hour procedure completed in the dentist’s office with the care of experienced specialists. However, the implant is completed in stages over a few months due to the jawbone needing to be fused to the implant or ‘osseointegrated’:

Your dentist will undertake a scan or X-ray of your mouth to decide where to place the implant.
You will then be given anaesthetic as you undergo the implant operation. The dentist will drill the bone where the implant is to be fixed.
You must wait between 3-9 months to let the bone grow around the implant.
Once the implant is stable and adequately osseointegrated, your dentist will create a foundation or ‘abutment’ for your new teeth, which is attached to the implant.
The dentist takes a mould of your mouth to start constructing your artificial bridge or crown.
The bridge or crown is screwed into the abutment, completing your implant.

How long is the recovery time for dental implants?

The typical recovery time for a dental implant is a few days(6-12 weeks). To allow for full completion it may take up to 2-6 months from the initial implant operation to your artificial teeth being anchored.

If you need bone or gum grafting surgery, it will take an even longer period of 8-12 months for the implant to be installed. This is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone in order to fix damaged or diseased bones or joints.

Although it takes a while for the entire process to be completed, the healing for a single dental implant generally takes 1-2 days, which varies for individual cases. This means you can easily resume your daily life and activities while waiting for the bone fusion to finish for the next few weeks. You can make your recovery time faster and lessen pain by:

– not disturbing the surgical area of the implant
– gently rinsing with water 2-3 times a day after 24 hours of the operation
– softly brushing your teeth
– applying ice to the area if needed
– getting enough rest
– eating soft foods and avoiding acidic or spicy foods

How can I make my dental implants last longer?

There are many ways you can make your dental implants last longer beyond the average success rate of 10 years:

– Take proper care of your dental implants
– Maintain your oral health, including your gums to avoid gum (periodontal) disease, including brushing and flossing
– Avoid smoking
– Avoid sugary foods and drinks
– Keep your alcohol intake low
– Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
– Make regular check-ups to the dentist (at least every 6 months)

With dental implants being the most sought-after popular solution for missing teeth, it’s easy to see why patients prefer them over bridges and dentures. They’re durable and don’t cause pain or discomfort, won’t fall out, act as your natural teeth, prevent bone loss, don’t interfere with your speech or eating, and enhance your smile.

If you’re interested in getting a long-lasting titanium dental implant, we at Sydney Road Dental Care provide a 5-year guarantee on our implants. For a fully restored implant and crown, it costs $3990, a MASSIVE DISCOUNT off the market average of $6,000-$8,000

For a limited time only, redeem your offer here https://info.sydneyroaddentalcare.com.au/dental-implant-offer

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Top Five Reasons To Get Teeth Whitening Treatment

Top Five Reasons To Get Teeth Whitening Treatment

Have you ever thought about getting teeth whitening treatment? It must have crossed your mind a couple of times, but you never had the guts to ask your dentist about it. Do not fret because you are not alone. Teeth whitening treatment has become one of the most requested procedures among dental patients. Who could resist a beautiful white smile that spells confidence at its best? Practically everyone wants to have teeth that...

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Top Benefits Of Having Whiter Teeth

Top Benefits Of Having Whiter Teeth

Teeth whitening has become one of the most in-demand dental procedures in the market today. Everywhere you look, from the movie posters to your Instagram feed, you see people flashing their beautiful pearly whites, looking all the more confident. The importance of having whiter teeth is reverberated by practically anything and everything around you. And then you start to wonder what the hype is about. How can having whiter...

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Kid’s Dental Health: Where Do You Begin?

Kid’s Dental Health: Where Do You Begin?

Did you know that tooth decay is caused by bacteria called Streptococcus mutans, which feeds on acid and sugar in the mouth? Babies are not born with such bacteria, but they catch them through their primary caregiver, usually the mother. Every time the mom shares a spoon with her baby, the bacteria are passed on, putting the baby’s oral health at significant risk for infection. Such regular practices between the mother and...

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Family Dentist: A Guide To Finding The Right One

Family Dentist: A Guide To Finding The Right One

The search for a Northern Beaches family dentist can be quite tough because there are so many dental practitioners in the area. It can be confusing when one is as good as all the rest. Remember that a good family dentist is one that can take care of adult oral health concerns as well as someone who is a specialist in pediatric dentistry. Most dentists recommend that patients ask their family and friends for recommendations....

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Habits That Damage Your Dental Health

Habits That Damage Your Dental Health

Tooth decay or dental plaque is a part of life. Everyone gets it. It is the sticky film that covers the teeth and slowly destroys it. Dental plaque is formed when the bacteria in the mouth builds up on the teeth due to food particles left between the teeth or when someone forgot to brush their teeth before going to bed.  No matter how much you brush your teeth or how often you floss, dental cavities will grow on your teeth...

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Dentist: Red Flags To Watch Out For

Dentist: Red Flags To Watch Out For

Looking for a dentist in Manly? Finding the right dentist takes a lot of time and effort. In fact, you may need to talk with three to five new dentists before you settle for the one you feel is right. Some reasons come into play whenever the concern is finding the perfect Northern Beaches family dentist. However, there are also red flags to look after whenever you are talking with a potentially new dentist to trust. As if...

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First Dental Visit: How Do You Calm Your Child?

First Dental Visit: How Do You Calm Your Child?

The day that you take your child to his first dental appointment is a milestone occasion, but it could also be a scary and often stressful situation for your little one. Every Northern Beaches family dentist knows how essential it is for the first dental visit to be as smooth as possible as it could spell the difference in the child’s oral health condition in the long run. This unexplainable fear of the dentist may be a...

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Professional Teeth Cleaning – Why A Toothbrush Can’t Achieve A Dentist Clean

Professional Teeth Cleaning – Why A Toothbrush Can’t Achieve A Dentist Clean

Getting your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Dental treatment isn’t just about fillings and crowns. You can go to the dentist just to get your teeth professionally cleaned, which helps to prevent tooth decay. Many people might ask why you’d need to get the dentist to conduct a procedure as simple as cleaning your teeth. The fact is that a toothbrush...

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Dental X-Ray - Determine Oral Health With Dental X-Rays

Dental X-Ray - Determine Oral Health With Dental X-Rays

Your dentist is able to check for signs of dental problems by looking at your teeth and gums, but some problems might be hidden from sight. Dental x-rays help dentists detect problems with teeth, gums and jaws that would otherwise go unnoticed. Examining dental x-rays allows dentists to check for signs of dental problems and determine the most effective form of treatment. Here’s a closer look at the different ways in which...

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Oral Health - Tips And Techniques For Looking After Your Teeth Between Dental Visits

Oral Health - Tips And Techniques For Looking After Your Teeth Between Dental Visits

Who doesn't love the feeling of a clean mouth right after visiting the dentist's office? But we can't visit the dentist every day for professional teeth cleaning, which means we must implement and maintain a good oral health routine at home to keep that feeling of freshness every day. So what can we do to look after our teeth between visits to the dentist? Here are five tips for enhancing your oral health routine at...

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Dental Implants: The Cutting Edge Solution To Missing Teeth

Dental Implants: The Cutting Edge Solution To Missing Teeth

Did your doctor recently discussed with you the possibility of having dental implants? Although having a denture made especially for you is the most popular option among those who are dealing with missing teeth, most dentists these days also offer dental implants as another viable choice. What Are Dental Implants? Dental implants as the name suggests are implanted tooth to replace the natural tooth that you lost. It is...

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Dental Emergency: How Should You Deal With It?

Dental Emergency: How Should You Deal With It?

Accidents can happen to anyone at any given time. It is important to know what to do when accidents occur. Knowledge of basic dental emergency remedies can spell the difference between losing one’s teeth and saving it. The first thing to do during dental emergencies to call your dentist to say that something has happened and that you are coming in with an emergency. Notifying them will help them prepare for the procedure...

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Professional Vs. At Home Teeth Whitening - Which Is Better?

Professional Vs. At Home Teeth Whitening - Which Is Better?

So you took a look in the mirror after you brushed your teeth this morning and you were n't quite happy with your stained teeth? I think we've all been there. The cups of coffee and occasional glass of red wine can really add up and start to make your once white teeth tinged with yellow. Now you're faced with an important question: do I go out and try one of the many DIY teeth whitening methods or stick with a professional...

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Advantages Of Dental Orthodontics

Advantages Of Dental Orthodontics

You may be wondering if dental orthodontics would be beneficial for you. Many people can benefit from a number of orthodontic procedures and treatments and today many of these procedures are more affordable and widely available throughout Australia. No matter what your age, there are many advantages of sitting down with a dental professional to discuss your dental needs. Here are some of the advantages of dental...

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Children’s Dentistry – When Should You Schedule Appointments?

Children’s Dentistry – When Should You Schedule Appointments?

Although dental decay is the most common and widespread childhood disease, parents often overlook the importance of scheduling dental appointment for their children. With cavities at epidemic levels amongst children in Australia, it is important to make children’s dentistry a priority. The first dental visit should take place within six months of the first tooth erupting or by the child’s first birthday. The First...

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Sedation Dentistry: How Does It Help You Relax?

Sedation Dentistry: How Does It Help You Relax?

Does the thought of going to the dentist to have your teeth checked and cleaned make you shiver to the bones? Does it make your whole body feel tensed with fear that things might go wrong? Would you rather endure the pain of a toothache than to see your dentist? You are not alone with this dilemma. In fact, there are so many people around the world who choose to suffer from dental problems than going to the dentist to seek...

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Good Dental Care: What Makes It Necessary?

Good Dental Care: What Makes It Necessary?

How often do you brush your teeth? Did you remember to floss after eating lunch? You may have your dental routine in place, and that’s good. Putting them into practice will not only help you keep your gums and teeth healthy, but they could also mean savings from dental procedures in the long run. However, brushing and flossing are not enough. You have to see your dentist regularly too. Sadly, not everyone can see their...

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Beautiful Smile: How Does It Change People’s Lives?

Beautiful Smile: How Does It Change People’s Lives?

How much do you want to have that perfect set of teeth? A lot of people go through several dental procedures to achieve the attractiveness of their teeth. Although it may seem as if their reason is pure aesthetics, having a beautiful smile gives people a confidence boost that makes them feel better about themselves. Still, many fail to recognize the social benefits of having healthy teeth. Are you aware that a great smile...

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Shopping For A Dentist: Tips On What To Remember

Shopping For A Dentist: Tips On What To Remember

Are you in the market for a new dentist? Whether it is for yourself or your family, it is important that you take your time in choosing the dentist to the truth with your dental needs. There may be a number of them, but only a few will truly be able to provide you with the services that you require. But how do you know that you have found the right one? Tip 1: Keep Your Options Open. The first dentist you see may be...

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Dental Visits: Why Should You Not Miss Them?

Dental Visits: Why Should You Not Miss Them?

Did you have to reschedule your last dental visit because something came up in the office and you just can’t leave? When you looked at your calendar, it was full of appointments and business meetings that you resolve that the dental visit has to wait for at least a couple of weeks. If you have had this dilemma again and again and you keep on reschedule regular dental visits because of something you consider more important,...

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Thumb Sucking, Finger Sucking And Pacifier Use

Thumb Sucking, Finger Sucking And Pacifier Use

The sucking reflex is naturally present in every child at birth. Due to this, with time, babies start sucking everything which comes near their mouth. It is common to see newly born babies sucking their fist and palms. However, with time this habit gets shifted to thumb sucking and finger sucking as the newborn baby turns into a toddler. The sucking habit of the baby lasts till approximately the age of 3. What Causes This...

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Wisdom Teeth - The Facts

Wisdom Teeth - The Facts

Here are some of the facts that you should be aware of regarding wisdom teeth: Fact #1 Wisdom teeth are the last of the permanent teeth to erupt. They are also called third molars. Fact #2 Wisdom teeth usually appear in the late teenage years or early twenties. Most people will have four wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can be responsible for causing misalignment or crowding of the front teeth and for this reason some...

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Porcelain Veneers - Creating The Smile Of Your Dreams

Porcelain Veneers - Creating The Smile Of Your Dreams

If you’ve always dreamed of having perfectly formed and neatly aligned teeth, you may be interested to know that porcelain veneers can create a perfect smile. Veneers made of exquisite porcelain can tidy up your smile and can be fitted in just three professional appointments. The veneer procedure is painless and often much less expensive than having dental crowns or orthodontic braces. Here’s what you need to know about...

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Porcelain Veneers - What You Need To Know

Porcelain Veneers - What You Need To Know

Dental veneers are a common solution for people who are not completely happy with their smile. They are very thin (equivalent to a contact lens) shells made either from porcelain or a resin composite that adhere to the front of the tooth. Veneers change the shape, colour and size of the natural tooth. They fix a number of dental problems. How Porcelain Veneers Can Help To Create A Winning Smile Chipped, broken and worn...

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Don't Wait Until It Hurts - Gum Disease

Don't Wait Until It Hurts - Gum Disease

Gum disease or ‘Gingivitis’ causes inflammation and infection of the gums. Here’s everything you need to know about gum disease and how to avoid it. What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease, also called Gingivitis, is the inflammation of the gums. Gums are infected by bacteria which feed on the plaque formed on teeth. The gums become inflamed and red and the infection can destroy the tissues, periodontal alignments and the...

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Handling A Dental Emergency

Handling A Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies do happen. Despite being careful with your teeth, mishaps and accidents can happen. Therefore, it is important to be aware of some of the ways in which dental emergencies can be managed. Here are some tips on handling dental emergencies. Injured Tongue And Lip Like other oral tissue, the tongue and lips are very sensitive. When they are injured, controlling blood loss can be a tough job. The first step...

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2017 Winner Of Business Award

2017 Winner Of Business Award

Sydney Road Dental Care are honoured to be the Regional Business Award Winner of the brand new category in 2017 ‘Start Up Superstar’. The Business Awards 2017 was held at The Kirribilli Club in Kirribilli. What an amazing night, we got to meet other businesses in the local area and learn about what they do and celebrate the night with a great group of people. This is an amazing award that recognises our team’s...

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Dental Implants – A Permanent Solution For Missing Teeth

Dental Implants – A Permanent Solution For Missing Teeth

For a long while, bridges and dentures were the only dental solutions available to people with missing teeth. Today, however, dental implants are growing in popularity and have become one of the leading dental procedures performed to close the gap left by missing teeth. Instead of merely covering over the space of missing teeth, dental implants replace the tooth roots and are covered by permanent or removable replacement...

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Orthodontics - Straight Teeth And Much More

Orthodontics - Straight Teeth And Much More

One of the main benefits of orthodontics is the creation of a straight, attractive smile. But the advantages of straighter teeth can include an improvement in your overall health. Here are some benefits of orthodontics that may surprise you. Straight Teeth Are Easier To Clean This may seem like a trivial benefit, but if you can't clean your teeth properly you'll be at higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth...

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Teeth Whitening For A Celebrity Smile

Teeth Whitening For A Celebrity Smile

Teeth whitening is as easy as visiting your dentist. It is a simple treatment to lighten your teeth and remove stains or discolouration. It is a very popular and effective way to create a celebrity-style smile. When Is Teeth Whitening Used? Teeth whitening is used to treat extrinsic stains on teeth. The outer layer of your tooth is called the enamel. The enamel helps to give your teeth their natural colour. If your...

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