Do dental implants need to be replaced?

If you have been recommended for dental implants, you may be wondering if they will ever have to be replaced. Implants give patients a permanent and comfortable solution that looks natural, and last for years, or a lifetime.

At Brenner Dental Care, dental implants are one of the most common restorative options done in our office. Once a patient has been evaluated, and we determine if they are a good candidate for implants, we go over the process so patients understand what to expect.

Before a patient begins the dental implant process, they are interested in knowing if dental implants will ever have to be replaced. Compared to other alternatives such as dentures and bridges that only last between 5-15 years, implants last upwards of 25 years, or even a lifetime.

If cared for properly dental implants can last your entire life, and are one of the most reliable tooth restoration options available. Implants have a 95% success rate, and we encourage patients use good oral hygiene to keep the implants clean and free of plaque. This will ensure the implants last and do not become infected, or unstable in the mouth.

Tips to ensure your dental implants last a lifetime:

  • Use a non-abrasive gel or paste to avoid scratching the surface of your implant.
  • Floss daily using implant specific floss or wax free floss to keep the area free of plaque. A Waterpik Water Flosser can also be used to assist in removing plaque.
  • Use a low abrasive tooth brush such as a soft type brush.
  • Anti-microbial rinses can be used to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.
  • Avoid any products containing ingredients that may stain your teeth.
  • Avoid products that contain stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, or baking soda. These products can make the implants prone to corrosion.

If you take good care of your implants and practice good oral hygiene, they can last your lifetime, and will never have to be replaced. Contact Brenner Dental Care today to schedule your appointment, and see how dental implants can work for you.

Are dental implants painful?

You may be ready for a permanent solution that looks and feels natural in the mouth, or have been recommended to get dental implants. Implants provide long lasting results compared to other dental alternatives, and feel comfortable, allowing you to eat and enjoy everything you would with natural teeth.

At Brenner Dental Care we help our patients achieve the smile they desire by meeting with them, and evaluating their teeth and concerns. Once we determine patients are a good candidate for implants, we create their customized treatment plan. Patients that have missing, cracked, or broken teeth are usually good candidates for implants.

Overall, the implant procedure is not painful. Many patients say that having a tooth pulled is more painful compared to their dental implant procedure. Local anesthesia is used throughout the entire process to keep our patients relaxed and at ease every step of the way. The anesthesia numbs the gums and surrounding areas, so the procedure is not painful at all. The dental implant procedure can take a few months from start to finish depending on how much work is needed and if a bone graft is required.

Patients must have adequate bone to support the implants.  Bone grafts can be done to take bone from another area, or use synthetic bone material to provide additional support around the jaw. A good part of the healing time is to allow the bone and jaw to heal with new bone growth.

After the procedure you may have the following:          

  • Pain at and around the implant site
  • Bruising or swelling of the gums or face
  • Minor bleeding that should subside

The recovery process after a dental implant procedure is between 4-6 months. Most patients can return to normal activity and tasks the next day. We recommend taking antibiotics and pain relievers to help with the recovery. If patients notice any swelling or pain that gets worse, we encourage them to contact our office immediately. Soft foods are recommended as the areas heal, and we want patients to avoid any hard foods and products that would stain the teeth.

Overall, the pain associated with a dental implant procedure can be kept to a minimum. Good oral hygiene is a great way to keep the dental implant area and teeth looking and feeling healthy, and free of infection.

If you are interested in finding out more about our dental implant procedure, please contact Brenner Dental Care today to schedule your appointment.

How do Dental Implants Work?

If you suffer from pain, have issues chewing food, or are embarrassed by how your smile looks, then dental implants may be right for you. Dental Implants allow you to have natural looking teeth and can last a lifetime. At Brenner Dental Care we offer restorative services to our patients, and one of the most common is dental implants.

Dental Implants are the closest thing to having natural teeth.  They look and feel natural in your mouth, and are comfortable. Implants allow you to do everything you would normally do with natural teeth. Dental Implants are becoming increasingly popular because they are a more permanent solution compared to dentures or bridges.

Implants act similar to a screw that bonds in the jawbone. They are like artificial tooth roots made of titanium, and provide a base or support to one or more artificial teeth also known as crowns. If the patient does not have enough bone to support the implants, a bone graft can be done. It is important to have enough bone because this is the support structure for the implants.  When implants are placed in the jaw bone, the bone grows around the implants. This process is called osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the implant to function like a natural tooth root in the mouth.

A connector or abutment is set on top of the implant to hold the crown in place. The abutment acts as a support structure for the crown. Crowns are made to match your existing teeth color and shape so your smile looks natural.

Implants are the strongest solution for teeth needing replacement. They have been used for over 30 years and continue to be a highly used restorative procedure today.

Benefits of dental implants:

  • Preserves natural bone in the mouth and helps stimulate bone growth.
  • Implants provide long term value financially.
  • Dental Implants are permanent, so there is no slipping or clicking like with bridges or dentures.
  • Other dental solutions require you to take out your replacement teeth for cleaning, and this is not needed with dental implants.
  • Looks and feels natural in the mouth providing a beautiful smile.
  • Dental Implants are one of the safest procedures performed today.
  • Patients do not need to worry about food getting stuck under or in-between replacement teeth with dental implants.
  • With good oral hygiene and a great at home care routine, dental implants can last for years or even a lifetime.

Call or email Brenner Dental Care today to schedule your appointment and see how Dental Implants can work for you.