Dental implants are a great long-term solution for those who have suffered tooth loss. They are more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing when compared to bridges and dentures. The roots of dental implants are commonly created from pure titanium or titanium alloy, which allows the jawbone to bond with the implant quickly. This bond provides strength within the artificial roots comparable to natural teeth. Dental implants look like natural teeth and support facial muscles and shape.
There are many considerations in the durability and lasting power of dental implants. The patient must first have adequate jaw bone to support and facilitate the osseointegration or fusing of the implant to the jaw. Patients who have suffered from bone loss must undergo careful evaluation from their dental surgeon to ensure they are appropriate candidates for the implant procedure. If the patient has insufficient jaw bone for the procedure, bone regeneration is ideal in optimal osseointegration of the implants. Choosing an experienced professional to place your new dental implants is imperative. When implants are not adequately set, they are subject to failure wasting your time and money. Choose a professional periodontist who has done hundreds or thousands of implants with great reviews and ratings. Tooth decay and gum disease will affect the health of your dental implants. Oral hygiene is imperative after dental implant placement. Clenching or grinding (bruxism) can also influence the health of implants. It is important to discuss with your surgeon if you possess these habits because different material options are available for the artificial teeth attached to the titanium root. Some materials such as plastic or acrylic can chip or come apart instead of more durable porcelain or zirconium. Finally, unhealthy lifestyle habits may also contribute to an early onset deterioration of your new dental implants. Smoking, type 2 diabetes, and taking Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a type of depression medication, can affect the longevity and durability of your implants.
Dental implants will last for many years when properly taken care of. Your dentist and dental hygienist are the best resources in the most effective oral hygiene techniques.