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.

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