Whether you’re replacing a single tooth or are wearing a denture, dental implants are long-lasting and highly durable restorations for many different patients. Dental implants normally consist of a post as well as the actual restoration that will be made and placed on top. The procedure takes a short period of time in the office and provides you with a full, healthy and bright smile.
How Dental Implants Work
The procedure involves inserting the post of the implant into the bone of the jaw. Over the course of a few months, the post will naturally bond with the bone during a process known as osseointegration. Once the post has fused with the bond, you’ll have a solid and long-term implant option that will provide an anchor for other restorations. Implants are ideal for most patients and can replace one or more missing teeth.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
On average, implants can last for about 20 to 30 years before they may need to be replaced. An implant that needs to be replaced may be loose or might have cracked. It’s not uncommon for implants to last longer than two or three decades with proper care and maintenance. Your implant is a long-term and virtually permanent choice for your smile in comparison to other restorative options that are available to you.
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
The best way to keep your implant functioning well and providing you with the smile you need is to keep up with routine dental appointments. There could be a problem that you don’t even notice and that won’t be apparent unless a dental x-ray is taken of the area. If there is a problem with the implant, it can be restored or replaced as needed. However, most implants that properly osseointegrate with the bone will last for decades before needing to be replaced, if at all. You can expect your implants to look great and feel as natural as any other option you might have gone with in the past.
The first step to having implants placed is coming in for an exam and consultation, which helps us to determine if the procedure is right for you. Most patients who would like implants can safely and effortlessly have the procedure done at their own convenience and can heal successfully from the actual surgery that will be done in-office.