Dental implants offer lifelike tooth replacement devices to patients who have suffered from tooth loss. The titanium structures serve as fill-ins for absent tooth roots, and they fuse with the bone after the surgical procedure in which they are placed.
Because of their structural integrity and their biocompatibility, dental implants typically offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. That is, dental implants can be expected to last for decades and often the rest of the patient’s lifetime.
Of course, in order to get the most out of their dental implants, patients must take steps to care for the appliances. Your dentist can give you guidelines for maintaining your dental implant, but in many ways, the recommendations differ little from care for a natural tooth.
Patients with dental implants should be sure to brush twice a day and floss daily to keep harmful oral bacteria at bay. Regular dental appointments for cleanings and exams are also essential, and be sure to let your hygienist know that you have an implant and the site of that implant.
This aspect of dental implants is one of the treatment’s many appealing characteristics. Compare this longevity to other appliances often used to treat tooth replacement. A bridge likely will have to be replaced after 10 years, while a conventional denture (one that is not supported by implants) will at least need to be relined every few years, and eventually may need to be replaced altogether.
Certain conditions may shorten the lifespan of your dental implant. For example, untreated gum disease can lead to bone loss that would compromise the implant. Similarly, bruxism (teeth grinding) can place undue stress on the implant, causing it to fail. Your dentist should thoroughly review your oral health history so that any conditions that may affect the implant can be treated in advance.
If you choose dental implants and take good care of them, you may have a tooth loss solution that will last for the rest of your lifetime. Talk to our team at Balcones Family Dental to learn what you can do to maximize the lifespan of your dental implants.