Virtually every dental professional would agree that dental implants are a fantastic solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants also provide a permanent alternative to removable partials or full dentures, by adding support and stability. However, as a dental patient, you may have questions about the practicality of a procedure that seems almost too good to be true. For instance, what’s the lifespan of a dental implant?
When your oral surgeon selects titanium implant posts to serve as artificial tooth roots, they must be permanently anchored to the underlying bone and then completed with single-unit replacement teeth, a fixed bridge, or a denture. The materials that are currently in use in theUnited Stateswere developed more than 3 decades ago and have been continuously improved. As a result, we have seen the average success rate for these restorations hover consistently around 95%.
Since a dental implant can never be compromised by tooth decay and it is strong enough to tolerate normal biting and chewing forces, it has proven to be an impressively durable restoration. Just like natural teeth, your dental work may be subjected to normal wear and tear, and you should take the appropriate steps to protect your smile! Wearing a protective mouth guard during sports and at night if (if you are prone to clenching and grinding), avoiding tobacco products, and maintaining good health habits can lengthen the lifespan of your smile. Of course, the lifespan of an implant can be further extended when you observe proper oral hygiene techniques and adhere to regularly scheduled dental check-ups and cleanings.
These durable teeth will require the same level of maintenance and care as natural teeth. Diligent brushing and flossing, dental exams, and good overall health are critical to the longevity of your smile. From this perspective, your dental implants are designed to hold up for a lifetime.
Your oral surgeon can determine if implants are right for you as well as provide you with more insight as to what you should expect from them in the long-term. To learn more, call the office of Dr. Stephen Weisglass to schedule your consultation today.