When you’re missing teeth, it can be difficult to feel confident in the way that you look. Likewise, you might have issues with eating and chewing because you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth. Rather than wear a partial denture to replace what’s missing, we recommend having dental implants placed. Implants have become a popular option among patients of all ages. These implants are designed to replace the missing roots of a tooth, and they can hold onto crowns, bridges and full dentures to keep these restorations firmly in place.
Understanding the Basics of Dental Implants
The vast majority of available dental implants are made out of titanium. This titanium is meant to last for decades, and it can withstand quite a bit of pressure and force. The implant is embedded deep into the jawbone, where it is given a few months to integrate and bond with the underlying bone. Once fused, the implant is firmly in place and acts as a foundation for other restorations, like crowns and bridges.
How Long Will New Implants Last?
You can expect your brand new dental implants to last for many decades once they’ve been given time to heal. Many patients who have implants have found that their restorations last for 40 or more years without showing signs of wear. The implant is embedded deep into the jawbone, so the only thing that could cause it to become damaged or loose is bone loss. Bone loss can be caused by an infection, like gum disease, so it is important to take care of your smile to ensure your implants look their best for years to come. Most dental professionals think of implants as a permanent solution to many smile problems.
How to Keep Your Implants Stable and Healthy
The best way to keep your implants healthy and stable is to keep up with twice-daily brushing and flossing. Be sure to brush your teeth regularly and floss to prevent gum disease. If you notice your implant is painful or loose, it is important to have it checked out as soon as possible. In the rare case that it has become damaged, it can be removed and replaced following a bone grafting.
If you would like to learn more about the dental implant procedure, call us today to talk to one of our friendly and professional staff members.