How You Can Extend the Lifespan of Dental Implants
Dental implants have been used successfully for over 40 years with an impressive 95% success rate. But many people have only recently learned that they save smiles, so there’s still some uncertainty about what implants are and how they work.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
One question we hear quite frequently is how long patients can expect their implant to last. To properly understand this, we need to take a look at the three parts that make up an implant:
- Implant post – The part we call the implant is a small titanium post that is surgically implanted in your jaw. We leave the implant to heal over a period of several months, and during this time the surrounding bone and tissue integrate with the implant and become a permanent part of your dentistry.
- Abutment – After the implant heals, we attach a piece called an abutment, which is used to connect a functional restoration.
- Restoration – This is the visible, functioning part of the implant. We often restore a single implant with a crown, but we can also place multiple implants in the jaw and restore them with a denture.
Since the implant post becomes part of your dental anatomy, it’s possible for it to last a lifetime if you keep your teeth and gums healthy. The restoration, on the other hand, has a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years.
Protect Your Investment
Poor oral health can lead to advanced gum disease, which causes the bone in your jaw to break down, destroying the structure that holds the implant in your jaw. So, you can see that preventive dental visits and conscientious oral hygiene are the keys to protecting your implant and restoration.
If you are looking for a dentist in Washington, PA who restores dental implants, please call Pruce Dental. We will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs and help you decide if implants are the best choice for you.