Dental technology has been changing rapidly and more patients are choosing dental implants as a way to completely change their smile. Implants are made out of titanium, which is strong and durable enough to handle everyday wear and tear. The implant will fuse naturally with underlying bone so that it is securely in place for crowns, bridge work and dentures to be placed on top. Regardless of how many teeth you’re missing, implants are a quick and easy way to improve the appearance and functionality of your mouth.
<b>How Long Do Dental Implants Last?</b>
Another key reason for why implants are such a go-to option for many patients is because they’re long-lasting. On average, implants can last for 20 to 30 years before they might need replacement. However, it is not horribly uncommon for implants to last longer than three decades and some patients can benefit from them for life. If you begin to develop bone loss later on, you may find that the implant becomes loose and needs to be replaced. However, with healthy underlying bone structure and with the help of regular dental checkup visits, your implants can last for many years and provide you with a full, healthy smile.
<b>Maintaining Your New Dental Implants</b>
As with the rest of your smile, the very best way to maintain your dental implants is by coming into the office every six months for a checkup. This appointment allows us to take x-rays to identify any problems with the implant and to ensure it’s not cracked, broken or loose. We then clean around the implant to remove any hardened plaque and debris. This helps to prevent inflammation and infection, which can compromise the implant. It is important that you brush and floss your teeth daily so that your implant stays healthy and clean. You can enjoy many years of a great restoration that provides you with the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.
If you would like to learn more about the dental implant procedure and what to expect, call us today and one of our friendly staff members can further assist you.