Dental implants have become a common treatment for many patients visiting the dental office. These small titanium rods are surgically placed underneath the gum line and into the bone. Over the course of three to six months, the implant fuses naturally with the bone and creates a secure abutment, or anchor, for restorations to be placed. Once your implant has healed, you can be fitted for crowns and fixed bridge work. Implants can work to securely keep a denture in place.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implant technology has come a long way over the years and can provide a simple, effective way to correct issues regarding missing dentition. Implants are ideal for most healthy patients, as the surgery is relatively noninvasive and requires just a short period of healing. Once the implant has successfully fused with the bone, it will stay in place for a lifetime. One of the key benefits to having a dental implant placed is that you’re choosing a restorative option that offers permanent results. For patients who wear dentures, the implant can keep the prosthetic firmly in place.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Once an implant has been surgically placed and has been given time to heal and fuse with the bone, you can expect the appliance to last a lifetime. Implants use surgical-grade titanium, so they are safe for in-body use and have minimal side effects. The implant can withstand quite a bit of force, so you won’t need to worry about the appliance breaking or cracking underneath the gum line. While the implant itself will last a lifetime, the appliances or prosthetics that are put on top of the implant will need to be replaced regularly. For example, crowns and fixed bridges will need to be replaced after several years and your dentures need to be replaced after five to seven years.
Because dental implants are permanent in nature, you can benefit from a long-term option for missing teeth. Implants prevent the need for compromising surrounding teeth as you’d find with fixed bridge work. Implants are safe to use because of the surgical-grade titanium that is used. Before having the procedure done, we can consult with you on whether or not implants are right for you as well as what to expect with the procedure itself. This provides you with an option that can correct a variety of dental problems.