How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Many of us are worried about the void created after tooth extraction. This is where dental implants are so valuable, as they offer a permanent and effective solution to missing teeth. By filling the gap, it benefits the structure of your mouth and face, as teeth drifting and bone loss may result in a reduced quality of life. Preserve your beautiful smile with the array of dental services available at River City Dental Clinic.
Dental implants look natural and require the same care as your normal teeth. A titanium post is attached to your jawbone and an abutment is fixed over it. Together they help in anchoring the ceramic crown, which is the actual tooth and later fit over them. All the three components are fastened to each other to keep the structure from shifting. Implants offer certain benefits over dentures, as they:
- Can withstand strong biting and help chew better than dentures.
- Are comfortable and you never feel that you have an artificial tooth.
- Allow bones can continue to grow in the jaw.
- Don’t stress the adjacent teeth.
- Are easy to care for.
- Don’t decay.
With proper cleaning and oral hygiene practices, it can last up to 20 years. The crown often lasts between 10 and 15 years before needing replacement.
Why Do Implants Decline Over Time
Medical conditions like Peri-implantitis and failed osseointegration can cause major issues. The former is a gum disease where an infection around the implants damages the tooth bone and loosens the implants. The latter happens when the bone grows around the implant, making it too secure. You can experience it within the first six weeks or in a few years. Nerve or tissue damage is also possible if you feel numbness, pain or tingling in your gums or on your face.
Smoking and medical conditions like diabetes or cancer pose a high risk of dental failure. If you already experienced bone loss, your dentist will evaluate your circumstances before fusing the implant with the jaw. You can go through bone regeneration beforehand in such cases.
If implants are at the back of the mouth, they will go through significant chewing and straining. You will need an experienced dentist to examine your mouth and place the implant strategically.
Additionally, if you grind your teeth in sleep, it will cause the implants to chip. Grinding is often experienced due to stress, anxiety or misaligned teeth. In some cases of tooth implant failure, you can replace only the affected part of the implant.
How to Avoid Dental Implant Failure
Consult your dentist about your existing medical conditions or jaw bone structure before getting dental implants. After going through the procedure, vigilant oral hygiene will ensure your implants stay perfect for several years. Avoid biting hard food substances. Use a brush with soft bristles with a low abrasive and tartar-control toothpaste. Do these in combination with an antibacterial mouthwash and regular flossing. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly and get an annual x-ray of your mouth done.
Taking proper precautions after a tooth extraction is critical. If you experience sudden severe pain, our emergency dental services can help you. Contact us for our wide range of dental care services like teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry.
Read our blog on tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy to better preserve your natural teeth and avoid tooth extraction.