Implants at 30 outlook

Jun 19, 2020
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I don't have the best understanding of how implants work;

1. If a dental implant fails, can it be replaced?

If I'm going to be having dental implants at 30, ideally id be doing it because I don't want a gap. However, I've read that they can last up to 20 years.

What happens after that 20 years, and theoretically they have failed. Can I get them replaced by doing another surgery, maybe with a bone/gum graft if required?

I'd be only 50 at the expected lifetime of a implant and it worries that I'll either be forced to wear dentures at 50 or have no teeth there at all.


Dr M

Verified Dentist
May 31, 2019
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Good day,

The technology and techniques with the placement of dental implants has improved greatly over the last few years and it is still improving today.
It is not to say 100% that an implant only lasts you +- 20 years. There are a lot of factors that play a role, including your own personal oral hygiene, the skill level of the surgeon that placed the implant as well as the quality of the final restoration method, to name a few.
It is also important to note, that the implant screw can fail over time, or the implant crown or both, so it depends on the scenario.
Once an implant fails, there is also a lot of treatments that can be done to try and save the implant first.
If it needs removal, it is also possible to replace it with another implant.
If additional implant surgery is required, depends on the reason for failure, the bone quality and quantity that is left, as well as other factors.
It is important to remember that once a implant is placed, it doesn't mean you should neglect your regular dental check-ups. Success is also up to the patient

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