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Will Dental Implants Last a Lifetime?


Posted on 1/20/2011 by Dr. Franco
Middle age man smiling about dental implants that last in Irving,TXDental implants are a great option to replace teeth that are lost due to trauma, dental decay or gum disease. Dental implants have now been in use for more than twenty years and have evolved as a safe, predictable and aesthtetic dental treatment.

Dental implants are metal screws that are inserted into the jawbone. Once placed in the jawbone, an implant is allowed to heal. Being made of high-grade titanium with special surface characteristics, the implant allows the body’s own bone to grow around it and essentially incorporates it into the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration.

An integrated dental implant is essentially anchored in the bone, and is ready to support a load that a crown or a denture placed on it will generate during function. Implant dentists know that many factors including the planning and placement of implants are crucial to success. That’s why your implant dentist will do a thorough diagnostic evaluation to assess your general health, bone condition and restorative needs. The number and position of implants that are needed will then be decided. Sometimes, when there is insufficient bone to support implants, an additional bone augmentation procedure may be required.

Carefully planned and executed implant treatment will involve both implant surgery and their restoration. Dental implants are accepted by dentists all over the world as having success rates close to ninety-eight percent, which means that most dental implants, when cared for properly, are long-lasting. As with any other procedure, implant failures do occur infrequently. Poor bone condition, uncontrolled diabetes, heavy smoking, and steroids use are examples of some factors that could possibly reduce the chances of implant success.

As with teeth, dental implants require proper oral hygiene and meticulous care. It is important that gum tissue around implants stays healthy. To ensure this, you should visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings. Implant supported crowns or dentures may also need adjusted occasionally.

To learn more about dental implants in Irving, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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