If you are completely missing one or more of your teeth, implants can help with restoring your smile and getting you to feel more confidence in your appearance. In the past, you may have been told that the only two options available to you to replace a missing tooth were fixed bridges and partial dentures. While both of these restorations are still widely used in the dental industry, implants are more common because they restore a tooth permanently without compromising surrounding teeth. However, patients are concerned about the cost and frequently want to know how long do dental implants last.
Why Should You Consider Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a permanent, life-long restoration that is specifically meant to enhance your smile. The surgery itself is relatively noninvasive and commonly performed, so you can have implant placement complete in just an hour. The implant, which is made out of a surgical-grade titanium, will fuse with the jaw bone in under six months. Once the implant has fused with the bone, you can benefit from a completely permanent anchor for crowns and other restorations.
How Long Will Implants Last?
Once an implant has completely healed, you can benefit from having it for the rest of your life. Implants are made out of titanium, so they can withstand a lot of force and pressure no matter how much you clench or grind your teeth. What’s not permanent are the restorations that are placed on top of the implant, like a dental crown. These restorations need to be replaced every few years or decades depending on the materials being used. The implant itself will stay in place for decades without any special care or attention.
The Procedure and What to Expect
During the procedure, the doctor will create a small incision into the gums to place the implant. The implant may be secured using a retainer, which is meant to keep the appliance in place. The implant will fuse with the bone in less than a year and can then be used as an abutment for crowns or dentures. Many patients choose to have implant-supported dentures so that their dentures do not fall out or slip throughout the day. Our doctors are dedicated to providing you with a high-quality implant that enhances your natural smile.
If you are interested in dental implants and what they can do for your smile, call our office so that our staff members can help with getting you in for an appointment