Dental implants are nearly identical to a natural tooth in terms of look, feel and function. Implants can help you reclaim the ability to bite and chew as well as smile confidently. They do not slip or click when you eat or speak, and they don’t need to be taken out every night to clean or soak. What’s more — implants typically last much longer than other tooth replacements. Read on as the team at Ingber Dental explains how long you can expect a dental implant to last.
The Lifespan of a Dental Implant
It’s difficult to predict with absolute certainty how long an implant will last. But our doctors are confident that a properly placed, well-cared for and regularly checked implant has the potential to last for decades. If you are diligent about practicing excellent oral hygiene and seeing your dentist every six months for routine check-ups, it is very possible that your dental implant will last for the rest of your life.
Why Do Implants Last Longer than Other Tooth Replacements?
Dental implants generally last longer than other tooth replacements because they are anchored in the jawbone. Unlike dentures, which rest on top of the gums, or dental bridges, which attach to the teeth surrounding the space, implants are composed of a post or screw that is surgically placed in the jawbone and topped with an artificial tooth. The jawbone grows around the implant post, creating a very stable foundation for the artificial tooth. In addition to offering unrivaled strength, implants help keep the jawbone stimulated so it doesn’t deteriorate due to lack of use.
Also, implants are easy to keep clean. You can brush and floss a dental implant just as you would a natural tooth. Thus, they are less likely than other tooth replacements like bridges or dentures to develop decay and other problems that require treatment.
And, it’s important to point out that dental implants are beneficial to the health of your other teeth. Unlike conventional dental bridges, which require the teeth adjacent to the gap to be ground down and capped, implants do not rely on the strength or support of other teeth. And the healthier tooth structure that we can preserve, the longer those teeth will thrive in the mouth without problems.
Learn More about Dental Implants
For more information about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, the Ingber Dental team invites you to call (202) 331-7474 or email our practice today.