Dental implants are designed to replace one or more teeth. They are often made of titanium and can be used to hold onto restorations like crowns, bridges and even complete overdentures. Implants can replace both the roots as well as the crown of a missing tooth. This prevents the need for a partial denture or bridge that would otherwise compromise surrounding teeth.
Understanding Implant Technology
Implants are often made of titanium, which ensures they can withstand the daily pressures of eating, chewing and grinding. They are surgically embedded into the jawbone, where they are given time to fuse and bond with the surrounding bone. This process takes roughly three to six months, though will vary from one patient to another. The implant will then act as a foundation for crowns, bridges and even complete overdentures that are kept in place by the implants themselves.
How Long Will New Implants Last?
The majority of dental implants can last for decades without needing any type of repairs or replacement. Many patients have implants that are 30 to 40 years without needing to get them replaced. This is because implants are embedded and fused with the underlying jawbone. The restoration that is placed on top of the implant will need to be replaced at some point, but the implant itself will remain strong and durable for years to come. This is why implants have become such a go-to option for patients wanting full and healthy-looking smiles.
What Can You Do to Maintain Your Implants?
The best way for you to maintain your new implants and smile is by practicing good oral hygiene. Bone loss can cause your implants to become loose or damaged. Because gum disease is a leading cause of bone loss, it is important to prevent the disease by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily and making time for regular checkup visits. Facial trauma can also have an effect on your implants, so it is important to come in for care and treatment if you experience any type of injury to your face or mouth. Implants are a care-free restorative option that can do wonders for improving and filling in different areas of your smile.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your smile, call us today to speak with one of our professional team members.