How long do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are one of dentistry’s most effective and rewarding restorative treatments for patients. Your dental provider will open up tissue to expose the bone during the procedure to place the dental implant. The titanium in the implant osseointegrates (bonds) with your jawbone, preventing it from coming loose.

Depending on the patient’s dental hygiene and lifestyle, the healing of the gums/osseointegration of the implant with the bone takes about 3 to 6 months.

After the osseointegration process is complete, the crown or bridge that attaches to the implant can be fabricated.   The dental provider will then take impressions of your teeth for the crown or bridge. When the restoration(s) is completed, it will be attached to the titanium post/implant and be permanently cemented.

Dental implants are the best option if you have a missing or failing tooth. They replace the entire tooth structure, including the root, making it a permanent part of your jawbone structure.

Advantages of Dental Implant:

Dental implants have become the standard tooth-replacement option due to their numerous advantages, such as:

  • Dental implants, unlike dentures, give sufficient support to function like a natural tooth and can withstand chewing and biting without slipping and without the need to be replaced frequently.
  • It is a comparatively painless procedure. There is minimal discomfort after surgery, and, in a short time, you will be able to return to your normal life activities.
  • Cavities are no longer an issue. However, brushing and flossing will be required regularly, just like natural teeth.
  • They have the highest rate of success. Dental implants are one of the most successful procedures in general and cosmetic dentistry.
  • A dental implant is an excellent option for replacing a missing or failing tooth. It can replace your missing teeth without harming your healthy ones. It can also help with your emotional and physical health, offering confidence and well-being.

Disadvantages of Dental Implants:

When learning about the benefits of implants, it is also necessary to consider the drawbacks. Some of the reasons why you might prefer a non-implant option to implants:

  • They are not suitable for everyone. If you have gum disease or a health condition that affects bone healing, the risk of dental implant failure increases.
  • There are several appointments scheduled over a six month period. This can be a little frustrating if you want a quick fix. The wait is necessary to allow the jawbone to heal around the implant and safeguard it.
  • Dental implants are costly. Unlike dentures and bridge treatments, which are cheaper but require frequent replacements, dental implants are a one-time investment for a long-lasting result.
  • There is a possibility of risks in dental implant surgery. It is crucial you pick a qualified experienced dental provider for this procedure.

 Are Dental Implants Permanent?

The implant can last a lifetime when maintained with brushing and flossing. Regular dental examinations and professional cleanings are also essential. Dental implants are attached to the bone, rather than the root of your tooth.

They are more durable than natural teeth. The dental crown over your implant can last a lifetime if well maintained and not compromised by bad health habits, like smoking.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Dental implants, like natural teeth, require twice-daily brushing and flossing to maintain their health. Several factors might lead to dental implant failure. Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, and gum disease can lead to the decline of a dental implant. Patients with diabetes or other pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, are more likely to have their dental implant fail. 

How to Keep Your Dental Implants from Failing?

Dental implants have the possibility of deteriorating or failing, but with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Commitment to comprehensive oral hygiene is one way to secure and extend the lifespan of dental implants. Practicing good oral hygiene also involves visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups. Being extra cautious with hard and crunchy food items, and refraining from smoking and drinking alcohol are some of the parameters to consider when trying to prolong the life of a dental implant.

Fixed bridgework or dentures can cause bone damage, but dental implants will never do that. For decades, they have been the best tooth-replacement option. Dental implants are an excellent option for people with one or more missing teeth, especially if you want permanent replacements. If you’re suffering from periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend gum tissue transplants and bone grafts to help with bone and tissue regeneration before obtaining dental implants.

If you’re considering implants as a teeth replacement option, call (855) 328-6646 to schedule your consultation with our certified dental implant experts. Cunning Dental Group offers affordable financing options for any dental treatment. Contact us today for a picture-perfect smile that will last a lifetime!

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