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What is the lifespan of a dental implant?


photodune-8655008-dental-implant-human-tooth-xs-300x200Dental implants have a number of characteristics that appeal to patients, including their durability. In fact, with proper care, a dental implant can last for the patient’s lifetime.

Because the bone fuses with the dental implant after the oral surgeon inserts it into the jaw, the implant becomes a permanent fixture in the jaw.

Of course, the ongoing stability and integrity of the jawbone is an essential element of the longevity of dental implants. Patients must take steps to prevent conditions like gum disease, in which the quality and quantity of bone material can eventually deteriorate.

Your oral surgeon can give you detailed instructions on how to maintain your dental implants. Fortunately, caring for dental implants is quite similar to caring for biological teeth in many ways. The main goal is to minimize plaque and tartar, and in order to do so, you can brush and floss around a dental implant using the same technique that you would on your natural teeth. Cleaning an implant-supported denture is slightly different, so you may want to get a demonstration from your surgeon to learn about that maintenance technique.

Dental implant patients should also follow up with their dentist at least every six months for exams and professional cleanings as another measure to protect their investment in this treatment.

In addition to their stability, dental implants also have the advantage of being more functional as a tooth replacement. The implant is essentially an artificial tooth root and functions quite similarly to that part of the tooth’s structure. Thus, the implant is better situated to tolerate relatively strong chewing forces.

Patients who want a long-lasting solution for tooth loss should consider dental implants as a treatment option. Speak to one of our expert practitioners at Austin Oral Surgery about the pros and cons of this intervention and to gather more information about whether dental implants might be the right choice for you.