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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are intended to be long-term replacements for missing teeth. However, you may be wondering how long they will last. Our Edmonton 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 are made up of two parts. The implant is a tiny titanium rod that is inserted into your jawbone. An abutment is screwed into the implant and connects to the tooth replacement to keep it in place.

The procedure is carried out in two visits. The titanium rod will be implanted into your jawbone during the first appointment. This is beneath the gum tissue, which will be reattached.

Your gums will attach to the implant and your jawbone will bond to it during the healing process.

You will return for your second appointment once the gum tissue has completely healed. Your dentist will attach a tooth replacement to your implant 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, with proper care, a dental implant can last for 25 years or more. If your implant does not become damaged, loose, or infected, you may never need to replace it.

As the implant is metal, it is very durable, but there are some factors that can influence how long you can expect an implant to last.

Proper Care

Taking care of your dental implants is similar to taking care of your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing twice daily is critical for the long-term success of your implant because it keeps the surrounding teeth and gum tissue healthy and disease-free.

Regular Dental Appointments

It is critical that you 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 avoid biting or chewing on hard objects like the end of a pen. Never use your teeth as a tool to open things. This can result in damaged teeth, such as cracked or chipped teeth.

Your Health

Certain lifestyle choices can have an effect on 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.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Edmonton dentists.

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