Implants have been a go-to option for a lot of patients wanting to replace missing teeth. If you are currently missing one or more teeth, you know the embarrassment and shame that comes with it. Furthermore, the space can make it difficult to eat and chew normally, and it can cause the surrounding teeth to shift. Implants are a wonderful way to easily replace what is missing without having to compromise surrounding teeth.
What to Know About Dental Implants
The dental implant process is easy and straightforward. The titanium implant is placed deep into the jawbone where it is given time to bond with the bone itself. This process is known as osseointegration, and it can take anywhere from three to nine months depending on the patient and their ability to heal. Implants can then be used to hold crowns, fixed bridges and even complete overdentures.
How Long Will Implants Last?
The reason so many patients have chosen implants when compared to other options is because of how durable these restorations are. Most implants can last for 30 to 40 years or more without showing signs of wear. In fact, you can think of your implant as a relatively permanent part of your smile. Because the implant’s post bonds with the jawbone, it is solidly in place and will not be able to move or shift. Implants can withstand a lot of pressure and force, so there is very little chance of them breaking or cracking.
How to Prolong the Life of Your Implants
The way that implants work is by fusing with the jawbone. Over time and due to certain conditions, you may begin to develop issues with bone loss. This can cause issues with the implant becoming loose or breaking. Because of this, it is important that you take steps to prevent dental problems that can result in bone loss, like gum disease. Be sure to always make time for dental checkups every six months. If you have an implant, it is important that the implant be checked at each appointment so that we can be sure it is still in place and does not have any other problems that may cause an issue for your health.
If you’d like to learn more about implants and how they’re placed, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.