Replacing a missing tooth is so important for your oral health - and for your self-confidence, too. Today, dental implants are making a huge impact on the lives of those who have lost teeth for one reason or another. This natural-appearing tooth alternative looks and acts just like the real thing.
Understanding what they are and how long they last can help you determine whether they may be a good fit for your needs.
What are Dental Implants?
The teeth in your mouth rely on those around them for support. So, when you are missing one, the others may begin to shift which can eventually lead to serious oral health issues down the road. That is why it is so important to fill the empty space with an artificial tooth.
Dental implants work beautifully to replace missing teeth, both functionally and aesthetically. A titanium or zirconia post acts like an artificial root as it is implanted and left to fuse with the jaw bone. This is the anchor that will securely hold the tooth - a dental crown - in place using an abutment.
The entire process can take several months, but most consider the results worth the wait.
How Long Dental Implants Last
As discussed, dental implants have more than one part, each with its own lifespan. The actual titanium or zirconia implant that fuses with the bone is meant to last 25 years - or more. On the other hand, the dental crown is designed to typically last about 10 to 15 years. However, for those who have a great oral hygiene routine, these implants are known to last upwards of 20 years.
As long as everything looks good, it is absolutely possible to replace the dental crown, if necessary, without having to make changes to the dental implant.
Extending the Life of Your Dental Implants
Having a dental implant procedure done with precision by a highly experienced dentist is something that is so important for its longevity. So, choosing your dentist wisely is a big step. Beyond that, the responsibility of extending the life of your dental implants is something you can often handle.
- Brushing teeth at least two times per day
- Flossing every day
- Using a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft toothbrush
- Rinsing with antimicrobial mouthwash every day
Visiting the dentist for cleanings and oral exams every 6 months is another necessary step for ensuring a healthy mouth - and long-lasting dental implant.
The better you take care of your dental implant as a whole, the better chance you will have of it lasting for many, many years to come.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
If you have a missing tooth - or missing teeth - and want to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants, Integrated Dentistry can help. We have decades of experience precisely placing these implants, as well as a high success rate with the procedure overall.