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.
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.