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Longevity of Dental Implants


Smiling womanDentists have prescribed dental implants for decades, and good reasons. They have the appearance, feel and function of regular teeth, they improve self-esteem and quality of life, and are widely considered the best option to replace missing teeth. Because of their success, they are widely popular.

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), dental implants have a success rate of 95%. However, the success of your implants depends on the location of your missing teeth, along with your health and lifestyle.

How long do Dental Implants last?


It is often said that dental implants last for 25 years and more. This is true, provided that you take good care of them. The longevity of dental implants depends on a variety of factors, including:
•  The quality of care you give to your dental implants, which includes brushing and flossing daily and coming in for dental check-ups once every six months.
•  Avoiding biting hard objects, such as pens or pencils, and avoiding opening plastic packaging and bottles with your teeth. This can chip the crowns.
•  How effectively the dental implant is placed in the jawbone.
•  Your overall health and lifestyle.

Will I ever need to replace my dental implants?


If your implant becomes loose, develops an infection or becomes damaged, we may need to replace it. Outside of that, there is normally no need for a replacement. For best results, you should come in for a check-up once every six months so we can make sure your dental implant is functioning as it should.

Can anyone get Dental Implants?


Because dental implants penetrate the gum and jaw bone, they may not work for some individuals. For example, they are not suitable for those who suffer from diabetes or smoke. The patient must also have sufficient bone mass to support the implants.

Those who don’t have enough bone mass can receive bone grafts before the implant surgery proper. Before suggesting a permanent dental solution, Shaun B. Rai DMD will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine whether you’re a good candidate.

Do Dental Implants ever fail?


Even though your implants are made of titanium, they can still bend or break. However, thanks to advances in the materials used for implants, this doesn’t happen as often as it did decades ago. Excessive external forces, such as grinding your teeth or a blow to the face, can fracture the implant.

Most of the time, we can salvage failed implant if you get them to us right away. In such a case, we will build up the gum tissue and bone surrounding the implant. We usually remove the implant and let the area heal. Once the area is healthy again, we can attempt to insert a new implant. It is highly unlikely for an implant to fail a second time.

If you would like some more information about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please call our office at (757) 777-9883.






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