How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

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The Life of Dental Implants

Dental implants have quickly become the go-to for many patients wanting to replace missing teeth. These small restorative options are made out of surgical-grade titanium and can help to replace single teeth as well as keep bridge work and dentures firmly in place. They rely on a process known as osseointegration to fuse to surrounding bone in the jaw. This creates a stable anchor for crowns, bridge work, dentures and other appliances to sit firmly in place when there otherwise wouldn’t be a tooth present to do this. Implants are easy to place and take just a few months to fully bond with surrounding bone structure.

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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
The reason implants have become as popular as they are is because of how durable and long-lasting they are compared to other restoration options. Most implants can last for 20 to 30 years with many patients having implants that last longer without the need for repair or replacement. There are certain factors that may contribute to how long your implant will last. For example, if you begin to suffer from bone loss, the implant may lose its stability and become loose. Likewise, it’s important to keep your teeth and gums healthy to prevent infection or inflammation of the implant. It’s very rare for implants to break or crack because of how resilient the underlying titanium post is.

How to Maintain Your New Dental Implants
As with the rest of your teeth, the best way to keep your implants in good shape is with routine dental checkups. Checkups not only allow us to clean around the implant, but we’ll check to make sure it’s still stable and isn’t infected. The restoration on top of the implant may need to be replaced every few years, but the post of the implant itself should be there for decades without needing any type of special treatment. Keep your teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing and flossing each day. Your new implants will help to enhance your smile and fill in areas where you’re missing teeth. For denture wearers, your implants can keep your prosthesis in place without needing gels, strips and sticky adhesive creams that may or may not work.

If you would like to come in for a consultation regarding implant, call our office today and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

Cerec Crowns Vs. Porcelain Crowns

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Cerec Crowns Vs. Porcelain Crowns

Dental crowns are ideal for covering teeth that have become compromised. If a tooth has broken, cracked or fractured, we may recommend that it have a crown placed on top. The procedure is easy, since the tooth is filed down to create a solid foundation for the actual crown to be placed on top. We offer two different types of crowns to our patients. The first is known as a CEREC crown and the second is a porcelain crown. Both have their benefits and can help in creating a full and healthy-looking smile.

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What are CEREC Crowns?
CEREC crowns are permanent restorations made in just one visit. You will have the tooth filed down for the crown and then digital impressions are taken. The impressions are put into our revolutionary CEREC machine where a ceramic crown is made just for you using the details obtained from the digital impression. The crown is then placed during your visit with us and adjusted to improve the fit. CEREC crowns prevent the need for a second visit to our office to have the permanent crown placed.

What are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are ideal for patients who want a stable and highly aesthetic option for covering a compromised tooth. The procedure involves filing down the tooth and then taking impressions of the area to send to a local dental lab. You’ll go home the same day with a temporary crown placed and will come back in to have the new permanent one put on. These crowns are durable, long-lasting and look as natural as your real teeth.

Why Choose One Over the Other?
The choice of which crown you’d prefer really come down to whether or not you’re willing to come in for a second visit. Both crown options are relatively permanent and are durable, long-lasting and work to improve the look of your smile. If you need to have the procedure done quickly and cannot afford to come in for a second visit, a CEREC crown is best suited to your needs. For other patients, you have the option to choose either a ceramic or a porcelain crown depending on what you’d rather choose for the health of your entire smile.

If you think you may need a dental crown, call our office today and we can help to get you in for a consultation appointment.