16 Jul What is the lifespan of a dental implant?
If you are evaluating your options for tooth replacement, our dentist strongly encourages you to consider receiving a dental implant. Unlike other replacement methods, a dental implant provides an unprecedented amount of stability for patients because implants address missing tooth structure above and below the gum line.
How does a dental implant replace a tooth?
Consisting of two major components, a dental implant replaces both a tooth’s crown and its roots. This is accomplished by inserting a titanium post directly into the jaw via the empty tooth socket. Because the body recognizes titanium as a biocompatible material, the jawbone will ultimately integrate to and around the implant, which stabilizes the implant in place permanently. Consider an implant’s function to be much like a tooth’s roots. The second part of an implant replaces a tooth’s crown with a prosthetic crown manufactured in a dental laboratory. This part of the implant will provide a natural looking and stable biting surface.
Why are implants so durable?
The durability of implants is in part, due to being anchored in the jaw and their construction. Dental crowns are composed of materials such as metal and porcelain, which are resistant to cavity-causing bacteria. After a successful implantation process, patients who maintain good oral health and visit their dentist frequently for checkups and cleanings enjoy a tooth replacement that lasts for decades, and in some cases, a lifetime.
I’m interested in dental implants, what should I do next?
If you feel that dental implants might be a great option for replacing one or more lost teeth, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist. After examining your teeth, gums, and bone health, our dentist can determine if this option is right for you. During your examination, feel free to bring up any concerns or questions that you may have. Our team is here to help you restore your smile and your oral health.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our office at 972-458-2464 to reserve an appointment.