If you’ve lost an adult tooth, you’ve probably looked into your options for replacement. As the most advanced restoration solution, dental implants usually have the highest price tag, but they can last longer than dentures or bridges. So just how long can dental implants last? Are their benefits worth the upfront cost in the long run? How can you increase your dental implant’s lifespan? Check out this helpful information from an implant dentist.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants have many advantages over the other restoration options, including the following:
- They are durable. Anchored to the jaw bone, dental implants can certainly withstand normal wear and tear.
- They are secure. Because the supporting bone grows around the implant, it is does not move. You can bite, chew, speak, and smile without having to worry about your teeth coming out or slipping.
- They promote oral health. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not affect the healthy teeth around them, preserving your remaining teeth longer. Dental implants also stimulate bone growth in the jaw, preventing density loss.
- They feel natural. Out of the restoration options, dental implants most closely resemble natural tooth structure, so they feel as natural as possible for a prosthetic.
How long do dental implants last?
In addition to their other benefits, dental implants tend to outlive bridges or dentures. At the ten-year mark, dental implants have a 95% success rate. With the proper oral care, dental implants can last for up to 30 years or even longer! Its longevity, however, largely depends on how well you care for your implant.
How should I care for my dental implant?
To extend the lifespan of your dental implant, you need to maintain it. Caring for your dental implant is exactly the same as caring for your natural teeth, which requires the following oral health practices:
- Brushing at least twice a day.
- Flossing at least once a day.
- Visiting the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
Other tasks that can help you keep your implant in good shape include the following:
- Consuming less sugar and carbohydrates, which feed harmful bacteria in your mouth.
- Drinking more water to wash away more plaque and food particles.
- Replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to ensure a better daily cleaning experience.
- Avoiding chewing on hard foods like popcorn kernels and ice to preserve your prosthetic tooth.
By taking an active role in your oral health, you ensure that your dental implant—and your remaining natural teeth—can go the distance. The benefits of dental implants are worth the upfront cost, making it a wise investment in the long term. If you implement these tips in your routine, you can preserve your smile for years to come! For more information about dental implants and caring for them, contact your implant dentist.
About the Practice
Brand New Smile Dental Implant Center has both a restorative dentist and a periodontist on staff to meet your every implant need under one roof. Dedicated to giving patients their smiles back, Dr. Tim Stirneman and Dr. Michelle Zmick have decades of experience and are able to provide personalized dental care for each patient. To contact them for an appointment, you can call (847) 915-3080 or click here.