Will dental implants last a lifetime?

In medicine it is complex to say that a treatment will last a lifetime, especially in this case because of the fact that teeth are a tool that we use constantly, every day, subjecting them to a lot of pressures and forces while being placed in a humid and very septic environment (the mouth). There are multiple studies, some over 35 years old, that show very high long-term success rates for dental implants. The most recent studies indicate that 90% of the implants placed 10 years ago, are still working properly today. This is much higher than the 50% ten-year success rate described for tooth-supported bridges or dentures.

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