If you’re currently missing a tooth, you might be looking for a way to replace it without the need for a removable prosthetic or without having to compromise surrounding teeth. Dental implant technology has come a long way. In fact, implants have become the go-to option for patients who are missing their natural teeth. These implants work on their own and can be a long-term solution to many of your smile problems.
What are Dental Implants?
Implants are often made out of titanium, which makes them a strong option for surgical use. The implant itself is embedded deep into the jawbone. Over the course of just a couple of months, the implant will naturally fuse with the bone and become a part of your jaw. Once this occurs, we’ll then make other restorations to fit on top of the implant, like a crown or a fixed bridge. Some patients may even use their new implants to keep a complete denture plate in place so that it looks more natural and doesn’t fall out.
How Long Will They Last?
The beauty about dental implants is that they can last for decades. In fact, the majority of implant patients have their restorations for decades without the implant itself showing signs of wear. Because of this, you can think of the implant as a permanent solution to your smile woes. The restoration placed over the top of the implant will need to be replaced. However, the implant itself will stay firmly intact and will not move, loosen or fall out over time.
How to Keep Your Implants Going Strong
The best way to keep your implant from falling out is to keep up with your routine dental checkups and oral hygiene. By keeping your teeth healthy and clean, you can prevent gum disease. Gum disease can eventually affect your teeth and underlying bone where the implant is placed. We can check on the implant whenever you come in for a checkup appointment. This helps us to monitor how it is doing and make notes of any changes that could be happening. You can feel confident in choosing implants as a way to fully restore your smile without needing to constantly replace it in the future.
If you want to learn more about implants and how they can benefit your smile, call us today to speak with one of our skilled professional team members.