Can Dental Implants Last A Lifetime?

Addressing tooth loss means preventing serious problems for your smile down the road, including an aged appearance. Your Mansfield, TX, dentists may replace your missing teeth with dental implants, which last longer than most tooth replacement alternatives, such as bridges and dentures. But! Does that mean they can really last a lifetime?

Placement and Restoration

Unlike other common prosthetics, we don’t use crowns, clasps, or suction to hold them in place. Instead, employing digital 3D cone beam technology, we plan the placement and angle down to the smallest detail, guiding the process and ensuring your new tooth root can absorb bite forces and pressure. After the area heals, we complete the process by adding an abutment that will hold a custom dental crown in place. If you have more substantial cases of tooth loss, then we can could place multiple dental implants and secure a bridge or denture.

Osseointegration

Bridges often need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, and dentures in as little as 5 to 10 years. However, dental implants can last for decades, and for some patients, a lifetime even. How is this possible? Well, the dental implant portion is made from titanium, a biocompatible material. The body recognizes it as a new tooth root, resuming the flow of nutrients to the jawbone that stopped once you lost your tooth or teeth. This stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue and helps support your new tooth. The process also helps prevent further tooth loss and preserves the appearance of your facial structure.

Caring for Your New Teeth

Your new tooth is still susceptible to gum disease, which could cause tooth loss and implant failure in the later stages. In order to ensure your new smile lasts and avoid the onset of serious complications, you need to care for your smile both at home and in our office. You should brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed for two minutes and always floss thoroughly before going to sleep at night. Every six months, you should see us for a checkup and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile and ensure stability and good health. If we discover signs of trouble, we can administer treatment to protect your oral health. The cleaning portion actually removes all plaque and tartar, major factors in the onset of gum disease. If you have any questions about tackling your tooth loss, then please contact our team today. Let’s start 2020 with a whole and beautiful smile!

Ready for Implant Dentistry?

We would like to help you and your family continue to enjoy full smiles, which is why we provide preventive care and dental restorations, as well as tooth replacement with implant dentistry. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call Mansfield Dental Associates at 817-473-6227.