Replacing your missing teeth is essential for maintaining a healthy and functional smile. However, many prosthetics require periodic replacement or adjustment. For example, bridges need to be updated every 10 to 15 years, while removable dentures require adjustment or replacement every 5 to 10. But how long do dental implants last? Can they really replace missing teeth for a lifetime?
What Makes Them Last Longer Than Other Prosthetics?
It’s all in how they are placed. For example, a bridge is held in place with crowns attached to surrounding teeth. Dentures rely on either for metal clasps (for partials) or natural suction (full dentures). However, dental implants are actually inserted into the jawbone. Made from a biocompatible titanium material, they bond with the jawbone tissue. This process makes them act as new tooth roots, allowing them to remain in place for decades or even a lifetime in many cases.
How Do I Keep Them Strong?
Since they act as natural tooth roots, you should care for them as if they were natural teeth. When you brush and floss as recommended, you protect them from plaque buildup, a major factor behind the onset of gum disease. Without treatment, gum disease can threaten the stability of your new teeth. In addition, you need to have your dentist examine them, as well as the rest of your smile, once every six months. During these visits, we will also perform a cleaning, which removes the plaque buildup a toothbrush and floss tape cannot.
What If I Have Implant Dentures?
If you have implant-retained dentures, once again you have the potential for a lifetime of tooth replacement. However, you will still need to take good care of your smile and follow the dentist’s care instructions. If you have any questions about placing and maintaining dental implants, then contact our team today.
Interested in Long Lasting Dental Implants?
Our team can address your tooth loss by placing a lifelike dental implant. For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.