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How Long do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are a modern alternative to the traditional tooth replacement options of bridges and dentures, and one that we offer at Nancy Shiba, DDS. They are the most popular option available and provide numerous benefits over traditional treatments. They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. They are much more comfortable. They are also designed to put a stop to, and prevent, the bone loss that follows tooth loss, which helps to preserve the strength of your jawbone. They are designed to be a long-term solution, but just how long do dental implants last?
Components of Dental Implants
Dental implants consist of three basic components.
Designed as a Permanent Solution for Tooth Loss
Dental implants are meant to be a permanent solution for tooth loss and are meant to last a lifetime. As you heal from surgery, your bone fuses to the posts in a process known as osseointegration. Your bone stabilizes them and holds them securely in place. The posts function just like your natural tooth roots. When you chew, the posts stimulate your jaw, just like your real teeth. This stimulation then triggers the body to send the necessary nutrients your jaw requires to remain strong and healthy. With proper nutrients, the bone loss that follows tooth loss is stopped and prevented, aiding in maintaining the integrity and shape of your jaw. While the ceramic crowns are rated to last 10 to 15 years, it is possible for them to last longer. If they do become damaged, the crowns can easily be replaced without the need for replacing the posts.
Factors that Affect the Lifespan of Dental Implants
While dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, there are certain factors that can affect how long they last, and can even result in complete implant failure.
Dental implants are a popular option for replacing missing teeth that are meant to provide you with a permanent solution. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Nancy Shiba, DDS today at (669) 306-7669.