If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, getting them replaced is essential to maintaining your oral health. If you have gaps in your mouth, surrounding teeth lose support and are also at risk of falling out. You have a higher risk of gum disease and it’s also impossible to speak, chew and swallow normally. Your jawbone may lose density and your whole face shape could change so it’s highly recommended that you get those teeth replaced! Dental implants are the go-to choice for fixing gaps in your smile but how long do they last and are they really worth it?
What Are Dental Implants?
When you hear “dental implants” you may automatically think of a false tooth, implanted into a gap in your gum. This is half correct, but the implant part is actually the metal post that is inserted into the jaw, replacing the root. The false tooth part is a separate prosthetic crown that is attached to the implant, usually by way of a small connecting piece called an abutment.
Dental implants are increasingly popular as the best replacement for a missing or removed tooth. They can also be used to attach other dental work into the mouth, such as bridges or implant dentures. This means that rather than replacing an entire jaw with lots of separate implants and crowns, a few strategically placed implants can be added and then a row of prosthetic teeth can be securely attached to them.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Here are the main reasons why dentists recommend dental implants:
- The implant is made of biocompatible titanium which fuses with your jawbone creating an extremely strong anchor for your crown or dental work.
- Dental implants create a foundation for a natural looking crown that restores eating and speaking functions to your mouth.
- Replacing a tooth with a dental implant supports surrounding teeth and decreases the risk of gum disease and further tooth loss.
- Having dental implants prevents further bone loss in the jaw and can stop your face from sagging.
- Dental implants can last a very long time.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
If you’re paying for dental implants, you want to make sure it’s going to be worth it. Well, rest assured that dental implants will last for a long time. In fact, the dental implant post itself will probably last the whole rest of your life. With a good oral healthcare routine which includes daily flossing and twice daily brushing, your implant should remain in great condition for decades. The prosthetic crown on top may not last so long, however. Due to the function of teeth, daily wear and grinding will eventually wear down a crown to the point where it might need to be replaced. Depending on the material and location in the mouth, crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years and even beyond. If your crown does need replacing, a new one will just be attached to the existing implant.
If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implants, check out the ultimate guide from Callahan & Klein Dental. Patients in Lakewood, CO and surrounding areas can contact Callahan & Klein for expert dental implant treatment, guaranteed to make you smile.