If you’re facing the loss of one or more teeth, you’re probably dreading life without them. And if you’ve already lost teeth, you are definitely wishing you could have them back. The good news is that now you can. Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that is so much like natural teeth, it’s as if you’d never lost them. Smile with confidence, speak clearly, and eat all your favorite foods. And with proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have become the most in-demand tooth replacement option because of all the benefits they offer. Dental implants:
- Look like natural teeth
- Function like natural teeth
- Can replace any number of teeth
- Require only simple maintenance
- Can last for a lifetime
They can look just like natural teeth. Your gums grow right up around the implant, so there’s no sign that the implant isn’t a natural tooth. Modern cosmetic dentistry also ensures that the crown is a perfect match for your natural teeth.
Dental implants are anchored in your bone, similar to natural teeth. This means that they can function like natural teeth. You can eat all your favorite foods, speak clearly, and do anything with implants that you could do with natural teeth–you won’t lose them.
They can be used to replace just a single tooth, a few teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. No matter how many teeth you are missing, dental implants can replace them.
They are easy to maintain. Just brush, floss, and make your regular dental visits. That’s all.
And if you care for your implants, properly, they can last a lifetime. We’ll talk about this more below.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Technically, a dental implant is an artificial root that goes in your jawbone, where it bonds to the bone. Most dental implants are made of titanium. The implant can be topped with a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Often, we use the term “dental implant” to refer to the crown and implant together.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The good news is that almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants. There are only three firm requirements you have to meet:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Be an adult whose jaw has finished growing
- Be healthy enough for surgery
If you meet those simple conditions, then you’re a candidate for dental implants. After that, it’s just a question of personalizing the procedure to meet your needs. If you have gum disease, we might want to treat it before placing dental implants. If you don’t have enough bone to anchor them, you might need a sinus lift or other bone graft procedure. If your teeth have drifted since you lost a tooth, we might recommend orthodontics first.
During your consultation, we’ll talk about the personal factors that influence your dental implants and design the optimal implant procedure for you.
Do Dental Implants Really Last a Lifetime?
People are sometimes skeptical that dental implants can last a lifetime, but it’s true, they can! The first person ever to get them had them for more than forty years before passing away. The second person ever to get dental implants has had them more than fifty years. Long-term studies of 20 or 30 years show that’s not uncommon for implants to last that long. And in many of these long-term studies, people pass away with functional implants in place.
This is the implant itself, the artificial root that’s bonded to the bone, that lasts. The crown, bridge, or denture may also last up to 30 years, but it’s less common. You may need minor repairs or adjustments every seven or eight years to maintain function and beauty.
Do you want to learn how long your dental implants will last? Please call (907) 274-7691 today for an appointment with an Anchorage implant dentist at Denali Dental Care.