One problem with making large studies looking at the long-term survival of dental implants is that people only live so long. When studies are 20 years long or more, patients who were in their 60s and 70s when the study began will be in their 80s, 90s, and beyond at the time of follow-up. Many of these patients pass on with their implants in place.
We do know that some isolated cases show very long lifetimes for implants. The first person to get dental implants had them for more than 40 years before his death. The second person to get them has had them for more than 50 years without problems.
What about the Bridge?
These studies mostly focus on the dental implants themselves, not on the crowns or bridges that top the implants. Studies that look at these parts are rare. However, when they do, the studies show very good survival rates, though you should expect to repair or adjust your restorations about once every ten years, and you might need to replace the bridge over the lifetime of your implants.
Are You Ready for Your New, Permanent Teeth?
If you are considering the wonderfully long-lasting dental implants, please contact a local CeraSmile dentist today for an appointment.