If you’ve been considering dental implants, you might be wondering about their lifespan. “Will my dental implants last forever?” You may ask. First, it’s vital to understand what dental implants are.
Dental implants involve placing a metal post attached to your jawbone. Then, your dentist will attach an abutment to the implant. This structure will hold crown(s) in place. Dental crowns can last up to 20 years. Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime, provided you take care of them. Despite those facts, some factors can cause implants to fail and may require placement.
One of the most common reasons dental implants fail is because of periodontal disease. Dental implants need a stable support system to keep them in place. But periodontal disease destroys gum tissue and degrades jawbone’s integrity and as a result, eats away the support. Even if your implants have been expertly placed, they will fail if you don’t properly care for them. This is especially true if you smoke. If you’re suffering from a particular auto-immune disorder, then you’re more likely to experience an implant failure.
After successfully undergoing a dental implants procedure including the placement of dental crowns, it’s important to practice excellent oral hygiene. Make sure you brush and floss on a daily basis. These practices are vital in preventing plaque buildup in and around the implants. Brushing and flossing will protect the integrity of the bones and surrounding tissue. The implant site is more prone to infection compared to other parts in your mouth.
Even though dental crowns are made of ceramic, metals or non-biologic materials, they’re not prone to cavities and can be damaged by grinding, biting down on hard/sticky foods, and other physical processes.
Any wear-and-tear that can affect natural teeth can take a toll on your dental crowns or implants. For that reason, we, at Southwest Oral Surgery, recommend to our patients not to place too much stress on their dental crowns or implants.
There’s no reason to replace dental implants as long as you properly take care of them. However, if they become loose, damaged, or develop an infection, then they likely need a replacement. The only way to know it is to visit your dentist. You should have a regular checkup every six months to make sure that your dental implant remains healthy and is functioning normally. If you want your dental implant to last for a very long time, you should practice excellent oral hygiene.
When you choose to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, our dentists at Southwest Oral Surgery can assist you in making this important decision. We’ll provide you the information that you need to know the best course of action. To find out more about dental implant and their advantages, contact us at Southwest Oral Surgery today.