Dental implants are designed to be permanent replacements for missing. But you may be wondering how long they will actually last. Here, our Edmonton dentists discuss the longevity of dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Your dentist might suggest a dental implant to secure a tooth replacement, such as a crown or bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. If you are missing teeth, having a dental implant procedure done can help boost your confidence and self-esteem, and improve your oral and overall health as well.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants include two components. A small titanium rod called an implant is inserted into your jawbone. The replacement tooth is secured in place by an abutment, which is screwed into the implant.
The procedure is done over two visits. At the first appointment, your dentist will implant the titanium rod into your jawbone. This is beneath the gum tissue which will then be reattached in place.
During the healing process, your gums will attach to the implant and your jawbone will bond to it.
After the gum tissue has completely healed, you will come in for your second appointment. Your dentist will fit your implant with a tooth replacement to create the appearance of a natural-looking tooth.
Are implants permanent?
Even with diligent dental care, the tooth crown or bridge portion of the tooth replacement may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years (or more or less depending on your particular case). 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.
As the implant is metal, it is very durable, but there are some factors that can influence how long you can expect an implant to last.
The maintenance of your dental implants is very similar to that of your natural teeth. For the long-term success of your implant, twice-daily brushing and flossing are crucial because they help keep the adjacent teeth and gum tissue healthy and disease-free.
Regular Dental Appointments
It's crucial to keep going to the dentist twice a year. These appointments not only include thorough cleanings to maintain the health of your teeth and gums, but they also give your dentist a chance to check on the condition of your dental implant and the well-being of the neighbouring teeth. Any gum problems or deterioration can be treated right away or even avoided altogether.
Protecting Your Teeth from Damage
Avoid biting or chewing on anything sharp, like the end of a pen. You shouldn't ever open things with your teeth. Damage in the form of chipped or cracked teeth may result from this.
Lifestyle decisions may have an effect on the tissue surrounding your implant and lessen its stability. How well-received your implants are in the long run may also depend on your general health. An increased risk of dental implant failure can be brought on by specific illnesses and medical conditions.