Dental implants have been used for years by patients who are missing natural teeth. Rather than having to wear a removable prosthetic appliance or needing to compromise surrounding teeth with a restoration, an implant can be placed to work on its own. Your implant is made out of titanium, making it a durable option for many smile issues. Whether you want to replace just one tooth at a time or are planning on having multiple implants placed to hold a denture, we offer this care in a comfortable, state-of-the-art environment.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
One reason why you might benefit from dental implants is because they are incredibly durable. Most implants can last for four or more decades without showing any signs that they’ll need to be replaced. The reason for the implant’s longevity is because it is embedded deep into the jawbone. Over time, the implant will fuse with the surrounding bone and become a complete part of your smile. You will not need to worry about repairing or replacing the implant once it has been given time to heal. The healing process normally takes about six months, but this will vary from patient to patient.
Tips for Extending the Life of the Implants
One of the best ways to extend the life of your dental implants is to keep your teeth and mouth clean. Oral hygiene can prevent gum disease, which could eventually lead to tooth and bone loss. It is just as important to come into the office for regular cleanings and checkups so that we can monitor the implant and how it is doing. Though rare, we can help in repairing or replacing an implant that has become loose or has cracked. If you experience any pain or tenderness around the area where the implant was placed, it is important that you come into the office right away. In the average patient, it can be expected that the dental implant lasts for decades. This is why so many have found that these implants are a permanent solution when it comes to missing teeth. They can be used to hold a crown or a fixed bridge in place, and they may even be necessary for holding onto a removable denture appliance.
If you want to learn more about dental implants, call us today to speak with one of our skilled team members for more information.