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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are intended to serve as long-term replacements for missing teeth. However, you might be wondering how long they'll last. Our Toronto dentists talk about how long dental implants last.

What are dental implants?

Your dentist may recommend a dental implant to secure a tooth replacement, such as a crown or bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. If you are missing teeth, a dental implant procedure can improve your oral and overall health while also boosting your confidence and self-esteem.

The Dental Implant Process

Dental implants are made up of two parts. The implant is a small titanium rod that is inserted into the jawbone. The tooth replacement is attached to an abutment that is screwed into the implant and holds it in place.

It takes two visits to complete the procedure. Your dentist will place the titanium rod in your jawbone during the first appointment. This is located beneath the gum tissue, which will then be reattached.

Your gums will attach to the implant and your jawbone will bond to it during the healing process.

You will return for your second appointment once the gum tissue has completely healed. Your dentist will attach a tooth replacement to your implant to give it the appearance of a natural tooth.

Are implants permanent?

Even with diligent dental care, the tooth crown or bridge portion of the tooth replacement may need to be replaced after 10 - 15 years (more or less depending on your unique case). Consult your dentist about how long a crown or bridge should last in your particular situation.

The actual dental implant, on the other hand, can last up to 25 years with proper care. If your implant does not become damaged, loose, or infected, you may never need to replace it.

As the implant is metal, it is very durable, but some factors can influence how long you can expect an implant to last.

Proper Care

Maintaining your dental implants is similar to maintaining your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day is critical for the long-term success of your implant because it keeps the surrounding teeth and gum tissue healthy and free of disease.

Regular Dental Appointments

You must continue to see your dentist twice a year. These visits will not only include thorough cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but they will also allow your dentist to check on the status of your dental implant as well as the health of the teeth around it. Any gum disease or deterioration can be treated early or avoided altogether.

Protecting Your Teeth from Damage

Biting or chewing hard objects, such as the end of a pen, should be avoided. When it comes to opening items, you should never use your teeth as a tool. This can result in teeth that are cracked or chipped.

Your Health

Certain lifestyle choices can affect the tissue that surrounds your implant, making it less stable. Your overall health may also have an impact on the long-term success of your implants. Dental implant failure can be exacerbated by certain diseases and medical conditions.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Toronto dentists.

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