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Can Dental Implants Really Last A Lifetime?

Losing teeth can significantly impact your daily life, but fortunately there are effective treatments available to restore them. Dental implants, often considered the top choice, offer a long-term solution. At Topeka Oral Surgery, a common inquiry revolves around the durability of dental implants. While they are often hailed as lifelong replacements, is this truly the case?

Dental implants, crafted from biocompatible titanium, mimic natural tooth roots. They fuse with the jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Once the implant integrates fully, an abutment is attached to connect it to the gum or crown. Custom-made crowns complete the restoration, blending seamlessly with your natural smile in a screw retained fashion.

Why Dental Implants Stand Out

Dental implants have become preferred for tooth replacement due to their ability to restore confidence in your smile, enable normal biting and chewing, and prevent potential health issues linked with tooth loss.  They cannot get dental caries and they do NOT require drilling on adjacent healthy teeth.

Longevity of Dental Implants

The notion that dental implants last a lifetime stems from research indicating that approximately 95 percent of implants remained functional for over 30 years. With proper oral hygiene and maintenance, patients can expect implants to endure for decades, often even longer.  The health of the oral tissue alongside the implant is integral to longevity of the implant.

Factors Affecting Lifespan

However, untreated oral diseases like periodontitis and peri-implantitis can jeopardize implant longevity. These conditions lead to gum recession and diminished jawbone volume, compromising implant stability. Maintaining gum health again is crucial for preserving implants.

Additionally, while the implant itself may endure, the prosthetic (bridge, crown, or denture) typically requires periodic replacement. This routine procedure safeguards the implants, maintains surrounding teeth.

Ensuring Long-Term Restoration

At Topeka Oral Surgery, we prioritize delivering high quality dental solutions. During consultations, we tailor treatment plans to your needs and offer guidance on preserving implants. Discover more about the benefits, eligibility, and varieties of dental implants for a lasting smile by visiting us anytime for an implant evaluation.