How Often do Dental Implants Need to be Restored?

One of the many benefits of dental implant supported tooth replacement is how long they last. Many patients are able to keep their implant supported tooth replacement prosthetics for a decade or longer. While the dental implant posts themselves don’t need to be replaced very often, your replacement tooth or teeth may need to be repaired or replaced every so often to ensure your smile remains whole, healthy, and fully functional.

Your Initial Restoration

When you’ve lost one or more teeth, you have a variety of tooth replacement options. Traditional restorations only restore the parts of teeth above the gum line. Dental implants replace the missing root of your tooth and anchor the replacement tooth or teeth. Once we’ve placed the implant post, you will need to wait three to six months for the implant to fuse with the gum and jawbone tissues before we design and place your final restoration. In the meantime, we will likely recommend the placement of a temporary restoration that is made from lighter, less durable materials. These temporaries maintain the shape and structure of your smile as the implant fuses with the jaw. Once your implant has fully fused with your supportive structures functioning as a new tooth root, you’ll return to our office to have your final restoration fixed to the implant posts.

Repairing & Replacing Dental Prosthetics

Traditional tooth replacements like crowns and removable dentures need to be repaired or replaced every five to ten years. Implant retained replacement teeth last much longer, typically between ten and twenty years. Some patients even keep their implant supported prosthetic tooth or teeth for the rest of their lives. Whenever necessary, these restorations can be repaired or replaced, usually without the need for a new dental implant post.