If you are currently missing one or more teeth, you may be considering dental implants. Implants have become the go-to option for patients of all ages. The implant itself can hold onto a dental crown, preventing the need for a bridge or prosthetic appliance. Likewise, you might want to have multiple implants placed that will hold either a fixed bridge or denture in the mouth easily and comfortably.
<b>Understanding the Benefits of Implants</b>
Most dental implants are made of a surgical-safe titanium, so you can feel confident with it being used during surgery. The procedure itself involves the implant being inserted deep into the jawbone. The bone and gums are allowed time to heal while the implant undergoes a unique process known as osseointegration. This means that the titanium implant post will bond and fuse naturally with the bone, becoming a solid and permanent part of your smile. This process can take anywhere from three to six months, and you’ll have a few visits into the office during this time to ensure that the actual implant is healing correctly.
<b>How Long Will Your Dental Implants Last?</b>
One of the major benefits that comes from choosing implants is how long they last. Dental professionals consider implants to be a permanent solution to tooth loss. The reason for this is because it’s not uncommon for implants to last for decades without the need for replacements or repairs. Once the implant has been given more than enough time to fuse with the bone, it’ll be there for life and will be a solid part that you can rely on time and time again. The restoration placed over top of the implant needs to be replaced regularly, but the implant stays strong regardless of what it goes through.
The best way for you to keep your new dental implant strong, healthy and looking its best is with regular dental appointments as well as brushing and flossing at home. This prevents gum disease, which can lead to underlying bone loss. Bone loss can cause the implant to become loose or damaged, which will affect your smile. However, most patients who have implants will never need to worry about these issues happening and can simply feel confident in the way that they look for decades to come.
If you would like to inquire more about implants, call our office today so that one of our helpful team members can help you further.