How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Replacing missing teeth has always been an issue in the past. Thankfully, technology has advanced significantly and come a very long way. Dental implants are now the go-to option for patients in need of quality tooth replacement and for denture wearers who want to skip the adhesive creams and gels. Implants are durable and long-lasting restorations that help to replace not only your tooth, but its root as well.
What are Implants?
Most implants are made of titanium, which has been found to be safe when used in surgical procedures. The post of the implant will act like your actual tooth root. Once it’s inserted into the bone of the jaw, it will naturally fuse with the bone and become a solid and sturdy part of your smile. After the implant has been given time to heal, another restoration can be made to place over the top.
How Long Will Implants Last?
Most dental implants will last for about two or three decades before they might need to be replaced. However, it’s not horribly uncommon for patients to have implants that are over 40 years old before they need any type of work done. Implants are durable because they become a part of the jaw due to fusing with the bone. You won’t need to worry about the implant becoming loose or breaking because of how stable it actually is. Some factors can affect how stable the implant is and how long it’ll last. For instance, a patient who has bone loss issues may find that their implant becomes loose over time.
Extending the Life of Your Implants
In order to extend the life of your implants, it is important to take good care of your teeth and brush twice a day. By preventing decay and tartar buildup, you can avoid gum disease. Gum disease can affect your teeth and underlying bone, so avoiding it can prevent issues with bone loss over time. You should be coming into the dental office twice a year in order for us to check the implant to make sure it is still functioning properly. We can take note if it’s become loose or has been damaged in any way.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and are ready to come in for an appointment, call us today and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.