Dental implants have been used for years to replace missing teeth. When you’re missing one or more of your teeth, it can be downright difficult to feel confident in your appearance. It may even be difficult to eat, chew and speak normally. Implants can be used to replace this missing dentition so that you finally feel confident in the way that you look.
Understanding the Science Behind Dental Implants
Implants are typically made out of titanium, which is a material that has safely been used in surgical procedures for decades. The implant will be inserted deep into the jawbone during the procedure. Over the course of a few months, the implant’s post undergoes a process known as osseointegration. This means that it will bond with the bone itself, becoming an integral and permanent part of your jaw. Once healed, we can place a crown, fixed bridge or even an overdenture over the implant.
How Long Will Implants Last?
The majority of implants can last for over 40 years without showing any signs of wear or damage. You can think of implants as a permanent solution to many of your dental problems. Because implants are fused with the jawbone itself, the implant is there to stay and should not move, shift or break unless severe facial trauma is experienced. This is why so many patients have been choosing implants over other options. It is an option that you simply will not need to think or worry about once the implant has been given time to heal.
Maintaining Your Implants for Life
The best way to maintain your implant for life is with proper oral hygiene. This is because gum disease can lead to both tooth and bone loss, which can cause the implant to become loose and fall out. In order to prevent gum disease, proper brushing and flossing should be done twice a day. You should keep up with your dental checkup appointments so that we are able to keep track of your implant and the way that it looks and is functioning. You can expect many decades of a solid, sturdy implant that is going to help to fill in areas of your smile that you’re currently missing right now.
If you’d like to learn more about implant technology, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.