With proper care, good dental hygiene, and a healthy lifestyle, implants can last a lifetime. For more than 40 years, dental professionals have successfully placed millions of implants. Technology and procedures have advanced significantly since the first implants were introduced, allowing a well-established success rate of up to 98%.
At rare times, implants may not be successful. Some reasons for failure can be attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle (smoking), poor dental hygiene, trauma, or infection arising from elsewhere in the mouth. Implants do require brushing, flossing, and regular cleaning appointments with your dentist or dental hygienist. Lastly, the prosthetic teeth can wear out over time, with materials such as porcelain eventually chipping or cracking and requiring repair or replacement. In most cases, the original dental implant can still be used to secure new replacement teeth.