The purpose of dental implants is to replace missing teeth. However, you might want to know if they can be a permanent solution. Today, our Carbonear dentists explain how long dental implants usually last.
What Are Dental Implants?
Are you missing one or more of your natural teeth? If you are, your dentist might suggest getting a dental implant that can securely hold a tooth replacement, like a bridge or crown. For many patients that are missing teeth, getting a dental implant procedure helps improve their self-esteem and confidence in addition to their oral and overall health.
The Process of Dental Implants
There are two components to dental implants. The implant itself is a tiny titanium rod that's placed into the jawbone. An abutment is screwed into the implant and attaches to the tooth replacement, holding it in place.
The procedure is done over two visits. At your first visit, your dentist will implant the titanium rod into your jawbone. This is beneath the gum tissue which will then be reattached in place.
While you are healing, your gums will attach to the implant and your jawbone will bond to it.
Once the gum tissue is fully healed, you will return for your second appointment, where your dentist will fit your implant with a tooth replacement to create the appearance of a natural-looking tooth.
Are Dental Implants Permanent?
The tooth crown or bridge portion of the tooth replacement may need to be replaced after 10 - 15 years (more or less depending on your unique case), even with diligent dental care. Discuss with your dentist how long a crown or bridge may be expected to last in your specific case.
However, the actual dental implant can have a lifespan of 25 years or more with proper care. In some cases, you may never need to replace your implant if it doesn't become damaged, loose, or infected.
Because implants are metal they are very durable, however, some factors may influence the longevity of your implant.
Caring for your dental implants is similar to taking care of your natural teeth. It's essential for the long-term success of your implant to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss once daily because it helps keep the surrounding teeth and gum tissue disease-free and healthy.
Routine Dental Visits
It is important to continue visiting your dentist twice a year. Not only will these visits include thorough cleanings that will keep your teeth and gums healthy, but they also provide your dentist with an opportunity to monitor the state of your dental implant as well as the health of the surrounding teeth. Any issues with the gums or deterioration can be addressed early or possibly prevented in the first place.
Keeping Your Teeth from Getting Damaged
We don't recommend biting or chewing hard objects such as pens. And highly recommend not using your teeth to open packages. This could result in damage such as chipped or cracked teeth.
Certain lifestyle choices can impact the tissue surrounding your implant, lessening its stability. Your overall health may also play a part in how successful your implants are over the long run. Certain diseases and medical conditions can lead to a heightened risk of dental implant failure.