Dental implants are by far the most superior solution in tooth replacement. Not only do they look, feel and function like real teeth, but they are a permanent restorative solution. Dental implants are said to last a lifetime! However, there are a few things you should know about that statement. First, dental implants, just like your real teeth, require proper care. They are not totally indestructible. Second, your dental implant involves two components: the titanium implant itself and the implant restoration that is placed on top (prosthetic tooth or teeth). Only one of these parts can last forever.
The implant that is inserted into your jawbone during a minor oral surgery is made of strong, biocompatible titanium. It fuses to your jawbone over a period of several weeks and can serve as a permanent artificial tooth root for your prosthetic tooth or teeth. The implant is designed to last a lifetime as long as the surrounding gum and jawbone are cared for. The implant itself won’t decay or corrode and it can’t withstand everyday dental function with ease.
Can a dental implant fail? While rare, a dental implant can fail under the following circumstances:
- Gum disease
- Trauma to the tooth or jaw
- A poorly aligned bite
The best way to protect the lifetime longevity of your dental implant and prevent failure is to maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist on a recommended basis.
The other component to your dental implants investment is the restoration, which can include a crown, bridge or denture that is secured on top of the implant. Unlike the implant, these restorations are not intended to last forever. A properly cared for dental crown can last up to 10-15 years. Don’t worry, if your crown or denture gets damaged or wears out due to age, it is a simple procedure to replace it, as the implant itself will remain secure in your jawbone.
Last but not least, choosing a skilled and experienced implant dentist can impact the lifespan of your dental restoration. Dr. Wayne Suway is known for his expertise in this revolutionary specialty of modern dentistry. Please contact our office today to schedule your permanent smile restoration with dental implants. The return on your investment is astounding!