Perfecting your smile can be difficult if you’re missing a lot of your natural dentition. Fortunately, the technology behind dental implants has been changing drastically over the years. Implants are easier to place than ever before and are more long-lasting. This allows patients to achieve the full, bright smile they’ve always dreamed of having for themselves.
What are Implants?
Dental implants are small posts made out of titanium. They are surgically placed into the bone of your jaw, and they’ll fuse with this bone in anywhere from six to nine months. Once the actual implant heals, a bridge, denture or crown can be made for the new restoration. Most patients are suitable candidates for implants because the procedure is less invasive than other options available. Implants don’t require that surrounding teeth be damaged or compromised at all.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
One of the other benefits of choosing implants in comparison to other alternatives is that they can last for a long time. Most implants last for 20 to 30 years or longer with proper care. The implant will naturally fuse with your bone in a few short months. Once fused, you can expect the titanium implant to become a solid part of your smile. It will be just as stable and reliable as other healthy teeth that you have currently in your mouth. The majority of implants will not need to be repaired or replaced sooner than a few decades. In the rare event that the implant does break or become loose, it can easily be reinserted and given time to heal. A bone graft may be required if there is significant bone loss in the jaw area.
How to Extend the Life of Your Implants
The best way to extend the life of your implants is with proper oral hygiene. Proper oral hygiene is critical in preventing both gingivitis and gum disease. Because gum disease is the leading cause of bone loss in the mouth and jaw area, you can expect to avoid this problem by preventing the disease altogether. If you experience facial trauma, the implant may become damaged or loose. This can be remedies with either a bone graft or by replacing the implant itself. With regular checkups and good oral hygiene, you can expect your new implant to last for several decades and provide you with a gorgeous, full smile.