Do Dental Implants Really Last A Lifetime?

Seeking a tooth replacement for a missing tooth helps ensure you maintain healthy smiles. There are a number of different options available for those with lost teeth, such as bridges or dentures. However, none offer the same range of benefits as dental implants. Often, our Des Moines, IA, patients want to know if dental implants can really last a lifetime.

What to Expect From Untreated Tooth Loss

How does a gap in your smile impact your oral health? Well, the gap could lead to misalignment. Teeth may drift due to the open spaces in your smile, the resulting alignment troubles increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. For some, the pressure missing teeth place on the jaw joints means a greater risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). The body also stops supplying the jawbone around the lost teeth with key doses of calcium and phosphorus. Without the ingredients, the jawbone itself may deteriorate, causing further tooth loss and in extreme cases, an older appearance. Not to mention the impact of tooth loss on our ability to eat a variety of foods or speak clearly.

Creating and Placing Them

The road to long-lasting tooth replacement begins with placement. Dental implants are made using biocompatible titanium material, meaning once we insert them into the jawbone, they bond with the tissue like a natural tooth root. After the area heal and osseointegration takes place, which typically requires three to four months, we will add a custom-made restoration. The crown addresses the visible portion of the tooth and ensures a natural looking appearance. Your new tooth will blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile!

Long Lasting Tooth Replacement

Since the dental implant is recognized as a natural tooth root, the body resumes the flow of nutrients, stimulating the growth of jawbone issue. Not only does this protect the stability and appearance of your smile, it also helps ensure your new tooth lasts much longer than a traditional dental bridge or denture. Proper care and attention also help ensure your new tooth lasts decades! Caring for your new tooth includes brushing them twice a day and flossing every night before bed. You also need to see us every six months for a checkup to monitor your smile’s health and stability. We will then clean your teeth as well, which means removing the plaque buildup that could otherwise threaten the health of our smile!


Our team wants to help our patients enjoy full and healthy smiles with custom-made prosthetics. Our practice is ready to help families in and around Des Moines, IA enjoy better smiles with implant dentistry. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.