Dental implants are intended to be long-term replacements for missing teeth. However, you may be wondering how long they will last. Our Calgary dentists discuss the durability of dental implants here.
What are dental implants?
Your dentist may recommend a dental implant to secure a tooth replacement, such as a crown or bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. If you have missing teeth, a dental implant procedure can help boost your confidence and self-esteem while also improving your oral and overall health.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants include two components. The implant itself is a tiny titanium rod that is placed in your jawbone. An abutment is screwed into the implant and attaches to the tooth replacement, holding it in place.
The procedure is done over two visits. At the first appointment, your dentist will implant the titanium rod into your jawbone. This is beneath the gum tissue which will then be reattached in place.
During the healing process, your gums will attach to the implant and your jawbone will bond to it.
After the gum tissue has completely healed, you will come in for your second appointment. Your dentist will fit your implant with a tooth replacement to create the appearance of a natural-looking tooth.
Are implants permanent?
Even with diligent dental care, the tooth crown or bridge portion of the tooth replacement may need to be replaced after 10 - 15 years (more or less depending on your unique case). Discuss with your dentist how long a crown or bridge is expected to last in your particular case.
However, the actual dental implant can have a lifespan of 25 years or more with proper care. In some cases, you may never need to replace your implant if it doesn't become damaged, loose, or infected.
As the implant is metal, it is very durable, but some factors can influence how long you can expect an implant to last.
Taking care of your dental implants is much the same as caring for your natural teeth. Twice daily brushing and flossing are essential for the long-term success of your implant because it helps keep the surrounding teeth and gum tissue healthy and disease-free.
Regular Dental Appointments
You must continue to see your dentist twice a year. These visits will not only include thorough cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but they will also allow your dentist to monitor the state of your dental implant as well as the health of the surrounding teeth. Any gum problems or deterioration can be addressed early on, if not prevented entirely.
Protecting Your Teeth from Damage
You should refrain from biting or chewing hard objects such as the end of a pen. You should never use your teeth as a tool to open items. This can cause damage in the form of cracked or chipped teeth.
Certain lifestyle choices can affect the tissue that surrounds your implant, reducing its stability. Your overall health may also play a role in the long-term success of your implants. Certain diseases and medical conditions can increase the likelihood of dental implant failure.