If you’re looking for a way to replace your missing teeth, you most likely want a solution that can last for many years. The best option, in most cases, is dental implants that are often called the “gold standard” of tooth replacement. While dental implants can on rare occasions fail, over 95 percent of them last for 20 years or more!
The Components of Dental Implants
Dental implants have a unique structure that makes them the only permanent tooth replacement available. Dental implants are shaped like tooth roots, titanium screws that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Acting just like tooth roots, they create a natural and strong foundation for a new tooth or set of teeth. Because of their strength and durability, they restore over 99 percent of biting and chewing power needed to eat a variety of healthy foods. They can improve oral health, physical health, confidence, and a patient’s overall quality of life.
Here are 4 ways you can ensure your dental implants last many years:
- Brush and floss every day.
The primary cause of failing dental implants is peri-implantitis. This condition is like gum disease and is almost often a result of bacterial plaque buildup from not regularly brushing and flossing.
- Quit smoking or using tobacco.
Another common cause of peri-implantitis is from smoking or tobacco use. The nicotine found in these products can prevent the bone and implant from integrating and can lead to implant failure.
- Keep systemic disease under control.
Chronic conditions, such as diabetes or other systemic issues, can compromise the immune system and make it more difficult for the body to heal. Untreated or out-of-control systemic conditions increase the risk of failing dental implants.
- Maintain all dental appointments.
Your dentist or periodontist will provide routine hygiene cleanings, x-rays, and examinations that all ensure no infection or disease is present. Routine appointments also mean that any concerning problems can be treated immediately.
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