Dental implants have been a go-to option for patients wanting to enhance their smile. You can utilize implants to replace just one tooth or have multiple implants placed to keep a bridge or denture in place. Implants are easy to place and take just a few months to heal fully. The healing process involves the implant fusing with the bone of the jaw during a process that is known as osseointegration. Implants are ideal for most patients and can provide you with a full, healthy-looking smile for a lifetime.
What are Dental Implants?
Most dental implants are made of titanium, which has been proven safe to use for surgical and medical purposes. The titanium post of the implant is carefully inserted deep into the bone and given several months to heal. While healing, the implant bonds with the bone and creates a completely secured abutment for crowns, bridge work and dentures to be placed on top. Most dental implants can last for decades and some may last a lifetime.
Are They as Good as Real Teeth?
Implants are inserted into the bone of the jaw and will gradually bond with the surrounding structure. This means that implants are just as strong and resilient as natural teeth because they are embedded into the jaw as a natural tooth’s roots would be. The crown, bridge or denture that is placed on top of the newly healed implant is just as resilient and long-lasting, providing you with a comfortable smile that looks and feels like your natural teeth. The implant process is delicate to ensure that your restorations are healing correctly and are providing the best fit for you.
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
For the most part, dental implants don’t need to be maintained. Once they’ve fused with the bone, they should last for decades without needing to be replaced or repaired. However, it’s still a good idea to have the implants checked regularly to ensure they aren’t broken, cracked or loose. During your routine dental exam, we’ll check the implants to see how they’re doing. X-rays can help in determining if a crack or fracture has occurred and we can work quickly to provide restorative treatment. Most dental implants are practically self-sufficient once bonded with the bone and you can treat them like you would your natural teeth without worrying about them in the least.