How many years do dental implants last?

Deciding on a tooth restoration option is a big decision, and we understand patients want to make the right choice. Dental implants are one of the most reliable tooth restoration options available, and are built to last for years, or a lifetime. If you are interested in an option that can last you the rest of your life, dental implants may be the best choice.

Implants are comfortable in the mouth, and look and feel just like natural teeth. They are made out of titanium, and are anchored to the bone, rather than the tooth’s roots. This allows implants to be stronger, and withstand more pressure in most cases compared to natural teeth. Patients must have adequate bone present to support the implants. Part of the patient evaluation at Brenner Dental Care, is to determine if enough bone is present for the implant procedure.

If it is determined additional bone is required to support the implant, bone grafting can be done. Bone grafting involves taking bone from another part of the body, or using synthetic bone, and placing it in the areas that need additional support. This builds a good foundation for the implants, and helps to keep them strong and stable in the mouth. There is a healing process involved with bone grafting while the bone fuses to the new area.

Caring for your dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. We recommend practicing good oral hygiene habits, and this will help keep the implants and surrounding tissue healthy and stable. Replacement is very rare unless there is an issue.

Reasons why dental implants last:

  • Implants are permanent, and do not need to be removed for cleaning compared to dentures or bridges.
  • If needed, bone grafts can be done to help provide the support needed for the implants.
  • Implants function like natural teeth and are a very reliable tooth restoration option.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone rather than to the tooth’s roots, and this makes them stronger and keeps them stable in the mouth.
  • Implants are built to last upwards of 25 years or even a lifetime.

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

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.

How Strong are Dental Implants Compared to Real Teeth?

Dental implants are designed to last for years, or even a lifetime if they are cared for at home. Implants are the best solution to natural teeth, and aesthetically look great. Implants can be maintained easily at home to keep your implants looking and feeling great for years. At Brenner Dental Care, we pride ourselves in providing exceptional care and dental solutions for our patients.  Our team will meet with you to discuss all options, and go over the benefits of dental implants.

Compared to other dental solutions, implants make it easier to speak and chew, and feel comfortable in the mouth. Implants are made of titanium, and are the strongest solution available today, giving patients the confidence they need, and a beautiful smile.

Adequate bone is required to ensure the implants are a success. Our team will evaluate your teeth to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.  If needed, a procedure can be performed to graft bone to the implant area if the patient does not have enough bone present. The bone graft will provide the needed support for the implants.

Reasons dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option:

  • Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, and are a reliable tooth replacement option.
  • Implants are made of titanium and are built to last for years.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone instead of the tooth’s roots, and this allows them to be stronger.  Implants are able to withstand more pressure than natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are built to last for years or even a lifetime with proper maintenance. This does depend on the patient’s bone strength and strength of the existing teeth.
  • If needed, a bone graft can be performed to provide the proper support. This increases the life of the implants, and the risk is less for any teeth becoming loose.

If you would like to see how dental implants can benefit you, please call or email Brenner Dental Care to schedule an appointment.

How to Care for Dental Implants?

Caring for dental implants is easy if you have good oral hygiene, and a great at home care system. At Brenner Dental Care we work with our patients to establish a good at home care plan, so your dental implants last for years. In order to maintain the health of the implants, taking care of them at home is important.

The healing process for dental implants takes approximately four to six months depending on the patient. During the healing process the bone is fusing to the new implant. The tissue surrounding the implants should always remain pink with no signs of infection.  If you notice any signs of infection or gum disease, contact our office.

Dental implant care guidelines:

  • When brushing use a non-abrasive gel or paste to ensure any exposed surface of the implant is not scratched.
  • Brush your teeth using a low abrasive brush such as a soft type tooth brush. Make sure to reach all sides of the implant while brushing.
  • Floss daily using either wax free floss or a dental implant specific floss. This will help protect the tissue surrounding the implant.
  • Avoid products with sodium fluoride, baking soda, stannous fluoride or stain removers. These products make the implant prone to corrosion.
  • Use a Waterpik Water Flosser to reach any difficult areas. This can help reduce inflammation.
  • If inflammation is present, use an anti-microbial rinse.
  • Have good oral hygiene to ensure your implants stay healthy and last for years.

Care for dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Make sure to keep them free of plaque by brushing and flossing daily. If cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.

If you are interested in the benefits of dental implants, please call or email Brenner Dental Care to set up your appointment.

What To Look For In A Toothbrush

On the surface, a toothbrush seems like just another item on the grocery list, but choosing the best one for you can be tricky.

There are several factors to take into account, such as bristle softness, grip feel, head size, and whether to stick with manual or go electric. That’s why we’re here to help make your selection process easier!

Toothbrush Qualities To Look For

Have you ever noticed that the toothbrushes you bring home from dentist appointments have very soft bristles? This is no accident. Hard bristles might seem like they’re better equipped to clean away plaque, but they could be damaging your teeth and gums while they’re at it. We recommend choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles. This is particularly important for anyone with sensitive teeth or gums.

The next thing to look for is the size of the brush head. Mouths and teeth come in different sizes depending on age and genetics, which is why toothbrush heads have a range of sizes available. Find the toothbrush that matches the size of your mouth.Just like bristle hardness isn’t an indication of effectiveness, having more bristles doesn’t make the brush better if it won’t fit easily around your teeth.

You might think that a toothbrush’s handle is its least important part, but a toothbrush with the wrong kind of handle is a difficult toothbrush to use. Is your toothbrush comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver, or does it slip in your hand? The better you are able to hold your toothbrush, the better it can clean your teeth. This is a particularly crucial consideration for people with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to grip objects.

Manual Or Electric?

This is one of the biggest debates when it comes to choosing a new toothbrush. A lot of people swear by their electric brushes while others claim manual ones are better. Some electric toothbrushes can do a better job of removing plaque, but it’s up to you to decide if that is worth the greatly increased price tag. Electric toothbrushes can be particularly beneficial to orthodontic patients who have to brush around braces, people with dexterity problems, and even children!

Out With The Old Toothbrush, In With The New

Regardless of what type of toothbrush you have, remember to always replace it between three and six months, and store it upright somewhere it can fully dry between uses. If you still have questions about what to look for in a toothbrush, just ask us! We want to make sure all our patients have the best tools for keeping their teeth healthy and clean.

Put that new toothbrush to good use!