Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is inserted in the jaw and a crown placed on top. They mimic natural teeth but can they last a lifetime?

Main takeaways:

– Yes, with proper oral care, dental implants can last a lifetime; the titanium post is permanent but the crown.

– Crowns can get broken due to teeth-grinding and trauma from sports activities and falls.

– Safeguard your teeth by wearing a mouth-guard to sports and during sleep (for teeth grinders).

If you have cracked dental implants, visit the dentist immediately.

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Dr. Gerald O'Connor B.D.S., N.U.I. (hons) (Principal Dentist & Owner)

Dr Gerald O’Connor qualified with honours from University College Cork in 1998, where he achieved his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and was awarded the Kerr Prize for Restorative Dentistry. Following his qualification, he spent 6 years gaining experience in a dental clinic in Essex before buying his own practice in 2004. Dr O’Connor quickly added a second location in 2006 and formed the Oak Dental Group.

After returning to Ireland in 2013, he set up Killiney Dental with his long-time partner Rosemarie. Gerald has a wealth of experience in dentistry with a vested interest in modern, evidence-based solutions. He enjoys implementing new dental treatments that are minimally invasive for patients without compromising their desire for an idealised smile. Dr O’Connor currently serves on the Irish Dental Association’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys films, music, fiction writing and being anywhere in sight of the sea.