When you’re missing a tooth, you might be looking for a way to replace it that allows you to have a full, healthy and natural-looking smile. Implants are often the way to go when it comes to replacing one or more of your teeth. Implants work on their own, so there is no need to wear a partial denture or having to compromise any other surrounding teeth just to make room for the restoration. Understanding how implants work and what you can expect once they’ve been placed is key in figuring out if they’re right for you.
Understanding the Science Behind Implants
Implants are made of a surgical-safe titanium, which will be inserted into the jawbone underneath the gums. This titanium post fuses with the bone during a process that is known as osseointegration. Once fusion has taken place, the implant is securely in place and will be there for many years. We can then make a crown, bridge or special denture plate that will fit securely and comfortably over the new implant.
How Long Will Implants Last?
The majority of implants will last for decades without needing to be replaced or repaired in any way. This is because implants are made of titanium, and they fuse naturally and securely with the bone itself. Implants are made to withstand the force and pressure of daily eating, chewing and even grinding. This is why so many patients choose implants to replace their natural teeth, since it’s a restoration that you simply won’t have to think about once it’s been given time to heal. The process of osseointegration can take anywhere from three to six months depending on the patient’s ability to heal.
Tips for Maintaining and Prolonging the Life of Your Implants
The best way to prevent your implant from becoming loose or damaged is to maintain proper oral health. Gum disease affects nearly half of all adults over the age of 30, and it can cause both tooth and bone loss in its later stages. Once bone loss occurs around an implant, it can break or become loose. To prevent this from happening, you should practice good oral hygiene at home and make time for regular checkup visits.
If you would like to learn more about implants and how they can work for you, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.