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Do implants last a lifetime?

10 May 2024

3 min read


If a patient takes great care of their implants – as well as their teeth and gums – then those implants can last a long time.

But, as with all dental care, things can vary from patient to patient.

Will dental implants last a lifetime?

The investment of time and care in looking after implants is obviously well worth the effort.

Keep reading to find out the ultimate ways to give yourself the best chance of enjoying your implants for decades to come.


The vast majority of implants are still going strong 30 years after initial treatment, according to studies.

So if the patient takes care of them, they may be able to last as long as the patient’s remaining natural teeth.

So what is the best maintenance protocol for patients with implants?

Hygiene appointments for implants patients

Well they should definitely have two or three dental hygiene appointments a year.
For patients with gum problems, more hygiene visits may be needed.

The frequency of necessary visits will vary depends on the patient’s commitment to the best oral health care routine (see below).

Implant patient check-ups

Patients should also see a specialist implantologist or oral surgeon at least once a year for a check-up.

X-rays can be taken to make sure the implant is healthy.

And if an implants patient has any problems, they should make an appointment straight away.

Oral healthcare routine for implants patients

A great oral health routine is of course essential.

This means brushing in the normal way at least twice a day as well as flossing or using interdental brushes daily.

Diet for implants patients

Similarly, implants patients should make healthy and sensible choices when it comes to eating and drinking.

Sugary snacks and acidic drinks such as fizzy drinks or energy drinks should be avoided.

Making the wrong dietary choices can make dental problems more likely and could impact the longevity of dental implants.

Contact us now to make an appointment or to find out more.


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