For patients who are missing many or all of their teeth, they might be looking for a more permanent solution to their smile problems. This is why dental implants have become a go-to choice for so many. These implants are a great way to hold a crown, fixed bridge or even a full overdenture in place without the need to compromise surrounding dentition. You are left with a full, beautiful and healthy smile that you’ll feel proud to show off.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant looks like a thin metal rod that is made out of titanium. This rod is inserted deep into the jawbone, where it is given time to fuse naturally with the surrounding bone structure. Once this happens, the implant is firmly and securely in place. It can withstand as much force and pressure as a natural tooth, so you can feel confident in its durability for years to come.
How Long Will They Last?
Most dental implants can last for decades, and some may even find that they are a permanent solution to many of their smile problems. Once the implant is given time to osseointegrate (bond) with the surrounding area, it will not move, shift or crack. The restoration that is made to be placed over the implant will need to be replaced over time, but the implants themselves are incredibly durable. The other benefit to having implants placed is that they work on their own. This means that you won’t need to compromise or damage any other tooth in order to replace what is missing.
How to Extend the Life of Your Implants
The best way for you to extend the life of your implants is to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Bone loss can often occur as a result of gum disease, so preventing gum disease is the best way to keep your teeth as healthy and strong as possible. We recommend coming into the office every six months for a cleaning and an exam. The exam allows us to see the implant and how it is doing. In the rare case that it is loose or has cracked, we will help to provide you with retreatment of the area.
If you would like to come into our office to lean more about implants, call us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.