Those that are considering dental implant treatment are always asking the pressing questions that need to be asked. Dental implants are an expensive form of treatment, and patients understandably seek certain guarantees before they pay for the treatment.
Although, some of the common questions patients ask are:
- Are dental implants permanent?
- Are dental implants better than dentures?
- How long will my implants last?
- What are the potential complications with dental implants?
The way dental implants are advertised, it is understandable for people to think implants are a long-lasting permanent solution for missing teeth. Unfortunately, dental implants are not designed to be permanent. Although, they are the most effective form of prosthetic treatment available for patients who have a gap within their set of teeth.
What does this mean?
This means that a prosthetic implant shouldn’t be considered a permanent replacement for the rest of your life. Dental implants are a long-term prosthetic solution that is designed to look and feel like your natural teeth. Although, they still require maintenance of care to avoid the crown (the abutment on top of the titanium screw infused in your jaw bone) from becoming dislodged.
The titanium screw infused in your jawbone can last forever, but the crown is expected to last for up to 15 to 20 years. This is also dependent on how well you look after the crown with strong oral hygiene.
With a missing gap in your teeth, you’re introducing dangers of gum recession due to bacteria penetrating within the gums, bone deterioration and tooth loss. A dental implant not only maintains strong gums and bones but also maintains your self-esteem and confidence. Although, this does depend on your bone density. Poor bone density does impact your implant.
Are they a better choice compared to Dentures?
Dentures are made of acrylic material sitting on top of the gums. Complete dentures replace the upper roof of teeth, whereas partial dentures fill the spaces made by lost or missing teeth. The problem with dentures is that as your facial structure changes, your dentures will begin to become loose. Hence the shelf life of dentures is only 5 to 7 years. Also, dentures require special care and maintenance, especially when it comes to chewing on food and using your mouth to speak.
You don’t have to worry about implants falling out or becoming loose. The dentist secures the screw inside the jaw so the abutment stays firmly in its place. Dentures are anchored to your teeth, whereas dental implants are stand-alone and strong enough to withstand.
Dental implants are the best choice and worth the cost in the long-term. There are many more reasons that will help you make the right choice.
How can I keep my implant strong?
The more you look after the implant, the longer they will remain strong and firm in your mouth. Although implants aren’t necessarily designed to last forever, you can prolong it’s shelf life by following these simple steps:
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly around the implant to prevent food debris from becoming stuck and keep bacteria away from the gumline
- Reduce your daily sugar and caffeine intake
- Avoid smoking and consuming high units of alcohol
- Rinse your mouth regularly after eating
With simple maintenance steps, your dental implant can last for a very long time. Keep your smiling confidence shining by looking after your implant every single day.