Dental implants not only boast a 98% success rate, but they have the chance to last for many years, far longer than traditional bridges and dentures. But what makes them last so long? In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist will explain the process of osseointegration, which ensures your new teeth can offer decades, possibly even a lifetime, of tooth replacement.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Each dental implant is a screw-like device created from titanium. The material is biocompatible, meaning the body accepts it as a natural tooth root, allowing it to bond with the jawbone. Typically, when we lose a tooth the body takes note of the missing root and stops sending doses of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. Without these crucial doses of nutrients, the bone tissue loses mass and density, breaking down and leading to further tooth loss, as well as an aged appearance. As the jaw ridge changes shape due to the loss of mass and density, dentures and bridges need replacement as they will begin fitting poorly. For this reason, traditional prosthetics are often limited to 5 to 10 ears of use before requiring replacement!
Osseointegration and Maintenance
With dental implants, we insert them directly to the jawbone, where they bond with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. We choose the area that will best allow your teeth to absorb daily bite forces, and ensure longevity. We then guide the placement with advanced technology. Next, we move on the visible portion of your tooth. To prevent issues like gum disease from causing your new tooth to fail, you need to continue maintaining good oral hygiene, which includes daily brushing and flossing, avoiding tobacco products, and seeing us every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
Addressing Minor and Severe Tooth Loss
With implant dentistry, we address cases of tooth loss both minor and severe. We can replace an individual tooth, and address the visible portion by creating and placing a custom-made dental crown. If you have lost multiple natural teeth, we may affix a prosthetic to your new tooth roots, in the form of bridges, partials, and full dentures that never slip and have the potential to last for decades. If you have any questions about treating tooth loss, or about the benefits of implant dentistry, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy long lasting solutions for lost teeth, improving your overall health, function, and smile beauty!
Have You Lost One or More Natural Teeth?
With implant dentistry, we offer our patients a chance to enjoy lifelong tooth replacement. To learn more about our solutions for missing teeth, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.