Do Dental Implants Last Forever?
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Dental implants have become one of the most popular choices for replacing missing teeth. And it’s no mystery why. The truth is they work great and have the potential of lasting a lifetime, so patients understand the value of the investment.
What’s all the fuss about? What are dental implants – and what can they do for you?
Whether it’s just one or all of your teeth that are missing, you may be able to take advantage of implants as a replacement option.
An implant is a sterile titanium post that is inserted in the bone and represents the function of a natural tooth root. Depending on the type of restoration needed, special attachments are added to it to restore your smile. If we’re just replacing one tooth, then we’ll design a crown that blends in with your neighboring teeth. And if we’re helping you hold your denture more securely – or making you a new one, then we’ll place a few pairs of implants and locator abutments to help your appliance snap tightly into place.
With proper care your dental implant can last forever.
Since there’s no tooth to decay, you won’t have that to worry about developing a cavity on the actual implant or crown. You can, however, develop decay on the adjacent teeth is you don’t properly care for the implant area and keep it clean.
The most important thing to try to prevent with dental implants is gum disease, or “peri-implantitis.” This condition causes an infection of the gums and can reach the bone, causing them both to deteriorate. Since healthy jaw bone and supporting structures are essential for an implant to be successful, you’ll want to care for the area properly. If the bone becomes diseased, then your body will reject the implant and it will fail.
You’ll still want to see a dentist regularly for a professional cleaning. Even if you don’t have any teeth at all. Registered hygienists have special instruments that can thoroughly clean dental implants without scratching the titanium surface, helping the area stay healthy. Periodic X-rays of your implant and surrounding areas will also help to ensure that it and the surrounding bone is stable.
At home, you’ll need to make sure you brush well along the gum lines, and that you’re flossing daily. Yes, even if you don’t have any natural teeth you’ll still need to clean your implants like they’re the real thing – so keep that toothbrush handy!
Working together, we can help ensure that your dental implants stay healthy for a lifetime.
Trust the Dental Implant Experts
If you’re considering a dental implant or were told they aren’t an option for you, then give our specialists a call. We can do a thorough evaluation and discuss some options that you may have to make implants a reality. Perhaps bone grafting can make it possible for you to have dental implants. Lafayette, CO dentist Dr. Curt Hayes and his expert team will do everything they can to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Call us today!
Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center specialize in getting patients the smile that they deserve through the use of dental implants. Lafayette, CO residents come to Dr. Hayes and his team because we’ve proven to be one of the top dental practices in the area to offer this life-changing service.