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How long do dental implants last?

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Dental implants are intended to replace missing teeth permanently. However, you might be wondering how long they will last. Our North York dentists talk about how long dental implants last.

What are dental implants?

Your dentist may recommend a dental implant to secure a tooth replacement, such as a crown or bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. If you are missing teeth, a dental implant procedure can improve your oral and overall health while also boosting your confidence and self-esteem.

The Dental Implant Process

There are two parts to dental implants. The implant is a small titanium rod that is inserted into the jawbone. An abutment is screwed into the implant and connects to the tooth replacement to secure it.

The procedure is done over two visits. At the first appointment, your dentist will implant the titanium rod into your jawbone. This is beneath the gum tissue which will then be reattached in place.

During the healing process, your gums will attach to the implant and your jawbone will bond to it.

After the gum tissue has completely healed, you will come in for your second appointment. Your dentist will fit your implant with a tooth replacement to create the appearance of a natural-looking tooth.

Are implants permanent?

Even with diligent dental care, the tooth crown or bridge portion of the tooth replacement may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years (more or less depending on your unique case). Consult your dentist about how long a crown or bridge should last in your particular situation.

However, the actual dental implant can have a lifespan of 25 years or more with proper care. In some cases, you may never need to replace your implant if it doesn't become damaged, loose, or infected.

As the implant is metal, it is very durable, but there are some factors that can influence how long you can expect an implant to last.

Proper Care

Maintaining your dental implants is similar to maintaining your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day is important for the long-term success of your implant because it keeps the surrounding teeth and gum tissue healthy and disease-free.

Regular Dental Appointments

It is critical to visit your dentist at least twice a year. These visits will not only include thorough cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but they will also allow your dentist to check on the status of your dental implant as well as the health of the teeth around it. Any issues with the gums or deterioration can be addressed early on, if not completely avoided.

Protecting Your Teeth from Damage

Biting or chewing hard objects, such as the end of a pen, should be avoided. You should never use your teeth to open anything. This can result in teeth that are cracked or chipped.

Your Health

Certain lifestyle choices can have an effect on the tissue that surrounds your implant, making it less stable. Your overall health may also have an impact on the long-term success of your implants. Dental implant failure can be exacerbated by certain diseases and medical conditions.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, or to schedule an appointment, contact our North York dentists.

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