When you’re missing one or more of your teeth, it can be difficult to feel confident and enjoy your favorite foods. Fortunately, implants work independently to replace the teeth that you’re missing. This means not having to wear a partial denture and not having to damage your natural teeth just to fit a fixed bridge. Implants can be placed in any area of the mouth to improve the look and feel of your entire smile.
Understanding Dental Implant Technology
Most implants are made of titanium alloy, and they look like small “screw-like” posts. These posts are surgically embedded into the jawbone, where they are given time to integrate and fuse with the bone. This process is known as osseointegration and can take about three to six months after the implant has been placed. The implant then acts as the foundation for other types of restorations, like crowns and fixed bridges. Some patients even use implants to keep a denture in place so that it doesn’t slip or fall out of place.
How Long Will Implants Last?
The reason many patients have chosen implants is because they are durable and long-lasting. Unlike other restorations, implants are considered to be permanent once they’ve been placed and have been given time to osseointegrate with the underlying bone. You should not have to repair or replace the implant over the course of its lifetime. The restorations placed on top of the implant, like the crown or bridge, will need to be replaced on a more frequent basis, but the implant stays sturdy and can withstand the constant pressure of daily chewing, grinding and biting.
Keeping and Maintaining Healthy Implants
The best way to keep your implants healthy and strong is by keeping up with regular oral hygiene. If you keep your teeth properly cleaned each day, you can prevent gum disease, which would otherwise cause tooth and bone loss. Bone loss can cause your implants to become loose or even to break. Because of this, it is important that you make time for regular checkup visits and to brush and floss daily as part of proper at-home care. Your new implants can provide you with years of a gorgeous, full and healthy smile.
If you’re interested in how dental implants work, call us today so that one of our friendly staff members can get you in for a consultation appointment.