Few man-made structures are meant to last forever, but that’s a theory that has been challenged since dental implants become wildly popular more than 40 years ago. Like real teeth, titanium implants are designed to span the duration of your life.
Their rugged structure and their high level of biocompatibility contribute to these high expectations. Implants are fabricated from materials that will not break down or degrade in the oral environment. Temperature changes, moisture, and moderate pressure occur naturally inside the mouth and do not pose a threat to the integrity of the implant. Also, each implant post is textured and coated in a manner that is well-accepted by the human body. There is little risk of rejection after surgery and a low potential for an allergic reaction to the implant materials.
If, after a successful surgery, your time with your implant should come to an end, the failure could be due to a number of outside factors.
For example, periodontal disease and a poor oral hygiene could lead to a loss of support for your implant. Proper care and daily plaque control can extend the life of your implant, in the same way that these habits can lengthen the life of your real teeth.
Your state of health can also have an impact on your implants. Uncontrolled health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic stress, and even smoking can directly influence your oral health. These conditions reduce your ability to heal after a surgical procedure and they increase your risk for developing periodontal disease.
The integration between the implant post and your jawbone will be relatively strong, but it can be compromised by excessive forces or an accident. Clenching the teeth, grinding the teeth, or a blow to the face during a basketball game could be enough to knock out a tooth—real or prosthetic.
Our oral surgeons will take the appropriate steps to provide you with an implant that will last as long as the rest of your teeth. To learn more, call to schedule a consultation today.