Dental implants are the best option for replacing teeth. If you have teeth that have been broken, or missing, or if you are experiencing issues with dentures, dental implants could be a better solution for you. Dr. Davis encourages dental implants because they are more permanent than other options and can be more comfortable. Depending on oral care and other lifestyle choices, dental implants will last a lifetime. Choosing dental implants over other solutions can be a tough decision, but our team at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute can help answer your questions and devise a plan tailored to your situation.
Replacing a tooth can help a patient’s self-esteem, correct chewing patterns, and prevent bone in the jaw from deteriorating. Dental Implants are used when a patient is missing a tooth or multiple teeth. They are the closest to natural teeth because they are made of porcelain which resembles the hardness and appearance of natural teeth. The implant is comprised of three separate parts:
- Implant: Titanium or zirconia post resembling a screw embedded into the jawbone and serves as the root for the new crown. The post bonds with teeth through a process called osseointegration.
- Abutment: This is a fastener to hold the implant to the crown.
- Crown: The crown is a false tooth mounted to the abutment providing the appearance and functionality of a natural tooth.
Dental implants are sturdy and meant to have some wear and tear as time goes on. However, the crown is the most visible piece of an implant, which makes it more susceptible to damage. Implants located at the back of the mouth are used more frequently, which means they will wear more quickly than an implant near the front. The abutment and the crown are most commonly damaged and replaced. Replacing either of these pieces is inexpensive and can be done relatively quickly. Be sure to notify our office if you are experiencing any discomfort from a damaged implant.
Increase the Longevity of Your Implant
Dr. Davis recommends regular brushing and flossing for all his patients, especially those who have received an oral implant or any oral procedure. Assuming that you are attending routine checkups and maintaining a proactive oral hygiene routine, the screw portion of the implant should last a lifetime. The crown section of the implant lasts about 10-15 years before you may need a replacement due to normal wear and tear. Depending on the age you receive your implant, you may never need to replace a crown.
Along with your oral hygiene habits, other things factor into the overall maintenance of your implants. Your lifestyle and diet choices can affect your overall oral health. Drinking and smoking are leading causes of gum disease which can adversely affect your implants, not only the crown but also the tissue surrounding the implant abutment or ‘screw.’
In the end…
Dental implants can be a life-changing decision on the road to improving your quality of life and oral health. Maintaining your implants is very important in increasing their longevity. As you learn to care for your implants, be strict with your oral hygiene habits and adjust your lifestyle where necessary. This could help your implants last longer than the projected 10-15 years. If you are considering implants or experiencing discomfort with a previous solution, consult Dr. Davis and his experienced staff at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute to discuss an effective treatment plan.