Dental implants are not only the most effective form of tooth replacement, but are also the longest lasting. With careful care, implants in general require less maintenance and less frequent adjustment than other tooth replacement options.
Dental Implants for Permanent Tooth Replacement
Dental implants consist of a metal tooth root and prosthetic teeth made of tooth-colored materials—usually porcelain or a durable resin. The tooth root is implanted directly in the jawbone, where the bone bonds with the metal. This bonding, called osseointegration, holds the implant firmly in place, but it also allows the implant to stimulate grown in the bone tissue. Over time, you will not experience atrophy in your jawbone as you would with dentures.
The prosthetic teeth are added to the implant after this bonding process has completed and your gums have healed from the implant surgery. Our oral surgeons will evaluate your healing process to determine when you’re ready to have your new teeth placed. With proper care, these new teeth should last you a decade or even more, since the materials used are very durable.
Caring for your Dental Implants
Proper care is important not only for the longevity of your implants but also for your overall oral health. Although your new teeth cannot develop cavities, it’s important to brush them regularly to keep plaque from building up. Plaque can lead to gum disease, which is the most common cause of eventual implant failure. If your gums become infected, your implants could become loose, and you could be left once again without teeth.
If you are careful to take good care of your gums, brush and floss any remaining natural teeth, and clean your new teeth regularly to prevent plaque build-up, your implants could last well into the future. Unlike dentures, which need to be adjusted every seven years or so, implants require no changes as you age, and will help you maintain a permanent, beautiful smile.
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