Dental technology has continued to advance over the years with newer and better restorations taking the place of older options. Dental implants have become a go-to option for a lot of patients because they’re long-lasting and incredibly durable. Implants can be used to replace just one missing tooth at a time or to keep a bridge or denture in place. Implants don’t require surrounding teeth to be compromised, so you’re saving your smile from more invasive treatment.
What are Dental Implants?
Implants are often made out of titanium and rely on a process that is referred to as osseointegration to work. Osseointegration simply means that the implant’s post will fuse with the surrounding bone after a few months of the procedure being done. The implant can then be used to hold crowns, bridge work and dentures and keep these restorations firmly in place for years.
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How long do Dental Implants last?
On average, a dental implant will last for two to three decades before it may need to be replaced. It’s not uncommon for patients to have implants that last four or more decades with proper care and routine maintenance. Once the implant has healed fully and fused with the bone, it’s a care-free and relatively permanent option that you can feel proud in choosing. Implants are made out of surgical-grade titanium, so they’re safe and highly successful when fused with the bone. Obviously, certain factors may cause the implant to fail over time, like if you experience bone loss or facial trauma.
How to care for and maintain your Dental Implants
One of the best ways to care for your new implant is with regular checkups. These checkups allow us to keep an eye on the implant and spot signs of damage, bone loss or wear. In the rare event that the implant is experiencing problems, we’ll recommend either repairing or replacing it entirely. However, you can expect the restoration to last for decades before it ever comes to this point. This is why most patients choose implants over other dental options available to them as a way to enhance and perfect the overall look of their smile. Implants are continually used in the dental field and are a safe, reliable option.
If you are interested in dental implants and want to come in for a consultation, call us today and we’ll help to get you scheduled with an appointment.