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Lucio H. Kim DDS
Providing the best dental care for Glendale, CA

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implant diagram | dental implants in glendale caThat's a common question I get about dental implants all the time when we have consultations.  Dental implants cannot get cavities or decay. So that's good.  But dental implants are vulnerable to gum issues.  You need to keep them they are the only teeth in your mouth kind of clean. Also, the dental implants themselves (the titanium placed into the actual bone as support) need to be placed in a good place.  AND the implant crowns need to be designed correctly as to allow for cleaning and to make sure they are biting down the wrong way.  

Dental Implants in Glendale

So it's not just one thing that determines the longevity of dental implants.  Let's talk numbers. Traditional dental "bridges" have a success rate of about 50-65% over a 10-year span. Dental implants have a better success rate over 10 years, about 85-95%. The odds are in your favor.  But like most things, the better you take care of it, the better chance it has for lasting in the long term.  

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