Few man-made things last forever, but since dental implants became popular more than 40 years ago, it seems as though that idea might be under challenge!
Your dental implants are designed, built, and implanted to last as long as you need them. Dental implants are truly remarkable developments in dental technology because they offer so many benefits. They look and function like natural teeth, and, like natural teeth, they can be your partners for a lifetime.
Dental implants are a relatively expensive treatment, so at Western Clinic Dental we want you to understand everything about them if you are considering them as permanent replacements for your missing teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dentist will tell you that a dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
In common conversation a dental implant is what we call the three-part structure of an entire replacement tooth:
#1 The Fixture
The fixture is the bottom of the implant, which is embedded below the gum line, fusing with the jawbone to become a permanent part of your mouth. The fixture is often coated with hydroxyapatite, which assists with osseointegration (fusion). Osseointegration is part of what makes implants so long-lived, as the fixture permanently bonds to the jawbone.
#2 The Abutment
The abutment is the small portion that lies right around the gum line. Once the osseointegration (fusion) process has been completed, the abutment is screwed into the fixture and will hold the dental work that becomes part of your smile.
#3 The Prosthesis
The prosthesis is the dental work that is done on top of the abutment, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
Bottom Line, What is the Lifespan of a Dental Implant?
You may have heard the lifespan of a dental implant is more than 25 years, which is true. In fact, the first modern dental implant was placed in 1965. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish scientist, placed the first dental implant in a man named Gösta Larsson. When Larsson died in 2006 at the ripe old age of 75, his original implants were still in place. That means the first modern dental implant lasted a remarkable 40 years, and dental implant technology has only improved since that time.
But dental implants themselves aren’t the only thing that can last – they can also help other parts of your mouth and face last!
Dental Implants Help You Bone And Appearance!
- Dental implants help other dental restorations last. They decrease the load on the remaining oral structures/teeth by giving support to crowns, bridgework and dentures.
- Dental implants eliminate the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework or caps.
- Dental implants preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration. Your face remains supported by the jawbone and implants, giving a younger and healthier appearance.
- Dental implants reduce the need for subsequent restorative intervention of adjacent teeth.
Making Your Dental Implants Last
Your dental implants can last as long as you take proper care of them. Whether dental implants last forever is influenced by a variety of factors, such as:
- How well you take care of your dental implants as part of your normal oral hygiene, like daily flossing and brushing, rinses, and seeing your Western Clinic Dental dentist as often as recommended.
- Avoiding chewing or biting down on extremely hard items, like ice, pen tips or pencils. Don’t open things with your teeth. Never use your teeth as tools!
- How well your implant was placed and observed. The experts at Western Clinic Dental know how to place your implant and evaluate your osseointegration.
- Avoid toothpaste that contains abrasive ingredients like baking soda as it can remove the glaze on your implants
- Your lifestyle and overall health.
Dental Implants at Western Clinic Dental
Once in place, your implants require very little additional care in our offices. We will examine your dental implants during regularly scheduled checkups. We will probe and measure the gums around the implant just as we would your natural teeth. We will also check and compare x-rays each year, check for looseness, assess your bite, and be sure that the implant itself is all in one piece.
The Western Clinic Way of Dental Health
Western Clinic Dental is the right choice for dental care in the Torrensville area. We offer comprehensive general and restorative dental treatments, personalised dental services, and reasonably-priced dental treatments. These treatments are performed in our modern dental surgery using cutting-edge equipment and treatment methodologies!
Our offices are near the corner of South and Henley roads in Torrensville. Western Clinic Dental offers weekend hours, is adjacent to public transportation, and has same-day appointments in case of emergency.