This is a question that is either not asked enough, or dental professionals don’t know how to answer. There are two factors that contribute to how long a dental implant lasts are biology and mechanics.

The biologic factor refers to how well your tissue or bone stays stuck to the implant.

The mechanic factor is when there’s a complication of the crown, the skin, or the resin restoration. A mechanic complication comes in the form of a chip or break of the material.

The real failure rate of dental implants

The misleading statistic floating around about dental implants is that they only have a 2% failure rate. But what this doesn’t say is that this statistic is only referring to implant loss inside a 5-year window.

This statistic also doesn’t consider an implant coming loose or chipping and cracking. Additionally, the more implants you have placed the higher your risk of losing an implant.

In truth, the complication rate is closer to 33%. And, in spite of this number, dental implant treatment still has a high satisfaction rate.

Who places the implant plays a role in its longevity

The professional who places your implant restoration plays a significant role in the success and longevity of treatment.

A Swedish study found that patients who had their implant placed by a general dentist had a 4.3% higher complication rate than implants placed by a specialist.

The study went on to say that the satisfaction rate of patients who had received implant treatment from specialists was 94%. That’s even though a third of cases had experienced a complication.

How long can dental implants last?

Implants last forever. How long they last in your mouth depend on biologic and mechanic issues as well as who places the implant.

If you would like to know more about dental implants, get in contact with our friendly team today.