What Is the Lifespan of a Dental Implant?

dental implants Sterling HeightsDental implants are a long-lasting, natural-looking option for tooth replacement. With proper care, implants will last a lifetime. Repairs might be necessary for the crown portions of the teeth, but the implants themselves are made of metal and will remain in place as long as your jawbone and gums remain healthy.

The Structure of a Dental Implant

Dental implants consist of an artificial tooth root, which is implanted directly in the jawbone, and a prosthetic tooth, which takes the place of the missing tooth, filling in the gaps in your smile. The bone in your jaw creates a natural bond with the titanium in the implant, providing a solid foundation for your new teeth. This bond also allows the implant to stimulate growth in your jawbone, preventing the long-term jawbone atrophy that is common with tooth loss.

Traditional implants are typically placed in a two-step process. First, the root portion is placed in the jawbone, followed by a healing interval that allows the bone to bond with the titanium. Once healing has progressed sufficiently, your implant dentist will add the visible portion of the implant, permanently restoring your smile.

Choosing Dental Implants

If you have lost one or more teeth, talk to your implant dentist to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Because the bond between your implants and the bone in your jaw is vital to the success of your implant procedure, it’s important to know if you have any issues that could affect your ability to heal properly.

If you have any of the following conditions, you should discuss them with your dentist before deciding on implants:

  • Diabetes
  • An autoimmune disorder
  • Gum disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • You are a smoker

Your dentist will also evaluate the bone in your jaw to determine if it is strong enough to support an implant. He might recommend bone grafts before an implant procedure. Gum disease can also be treated before an implant procedure to ensure successful healing.

Call our team to discuss your own treatment options.