Dental implants are one of the most sought-after go-to procedures available within the dental field. These titanium posts are surgically placed into the bone of the jaw and become semi-permanent in nature. They can be used to replace one or many missing teeth. Once the implant has healed, a crown, fixed bridge or even a denture can be placed on top. This helps to improve the look and function of your smile.
Dental implants are typically made out of titanium, which is a strong and highly durable material. The implant procedure relies on solid bone structure to properly fuse and heal, so you may need a bone grafting if you suffer from bone loss. The implant undergoes a process that is referred to as osseointegration. This basically means that the implant will naturally fuse with the surrounding bone in a matter of a couple of months. Once healed, the implant can act as an anchor for single crowns, bridge work and even dentures.
Many dental professionals still argue about how long a dental implant will last. With proper care and treatment, you can expect your implant to last for up to many years. This makes the restoration a semi-permanent option for replacing one or many teeth. The implant bonds with surrounding bone and creates an incredibly secure abutment for additional restorations to be placed inside of the mouth. Unlike other options, the implant does not require surrounding teeth to be compromised and is not removable.
The best way to extend the life of your dental implant is to keep up with routine dental appointments. Your dental team works to check the implant for any signs of damage or wear as well as keep your teeth and gums healthy. Healthy teeth and gums will have a major impact on how well your implant stands over the course of many years. Proper hygiene at home should be at the forefront of keeping your implant securely in place. We can help to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants with a consultation appointment in our office.
If you are ready to come in for dental implants, call us today and we can schedule a consultation appointment for you.