21 Oct What is the Lifespan of a Dental Implant?
As the most long lasting and life-like method for replacing teeth, dental implants are becoming more and more popular among patients suffering with tooth loss. Relatively new when compared to dentures or bridges, implant dentistry addresses the loss of tooth structure below and above the gum line. Since losing teeth has such destructive effects on dental health, our oral surgeons are proud to offer dental implants as a tooth replacement solution.
What materials are used to make implants?
An implant is a titanium post with ridges that is surgically embedded in the jaw. A dental implant may replace one tooth or more than one tooth by anchoring prosthetics such as bridges and dentures. Titanium is a metal that is compatible with the body’s structures. After the implantation process, the jawbone surrounding the implant will fuse to titanium to stabilize the implant’s post. This allows the implant to act like a tooth’s roots so that the post can anchor a prosthetic tooth or series of prosthetic teeth securely.
For a single tooth replacement, a crown will be attached to the implant. Crowns can be made from metals, porcelain, or a combination of porcelain fused to metal. The same materials used to make crowns can be used to make bridges.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants are extremely long lasting. When implants are properly stabilized in the bone, most patients enjoy their replacement teeth for decades, if not a lifetime. This is because the materials used to make implants are incredibly durable and because the body treats titanium like natural, mineralized tissue.
How do patients care for their implants?
Dental implants are treated like biological teeth. This means that patients will eat food as normal and brush and floss their prosthetic teeth just like their natural teeth. While implants are very durable, patients should still visit their oral surgeon or dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
To learn more about implant dentistry and your tooth replacement options, call Great River Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today.