You’ve probably heard of dental implants – metal posts that are meant to mimic the structure of natural tooth roots. They are a great way to replace your missing teeth. They restore chewing and speaking function. A crown can be placed over your implant to make it blend in with the rest of your smile. But how long do they last? How do they work? A dentist is here to answer your questions about dental implants in Montrose.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
At your implant surgery, your dentist will make an incision into your gums to access your jawbone. Then he or she will insert the metal post of the implant directly into the bone. This will replace the root of your lost tooth. Implants are the only tooth replacement method to do this. They stimulate your jawbone whenever you chew, just like the tooth root does, which can actually keep your face looking young.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to last up to 30 years. However, by taking proper care of them, they can last for decades longer, or even for the rest of your life.
How Can I Take Care of My Dental Implants?
You want your implants to last as long as possible, so here are some steps to ensuring that:
- Brush your teeth and implant at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Clean under and around the implant crown.
- Avoid smoking, as that could disrupt the healing process and cause the implant to fail.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Dental Implant?
Dental implants aren’t for everyone, but they may be right for you if you:
- Are missing one or more teeth
- Have a healthy, fully grown jawbone
- Have healthy gums
- Don’t have conditions that will compromise healing
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Don’t smoke tobacco
- Are willing to commit several months to the healing process
By taking care of your implants, they can last the rest of your lifetime. If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth with a permanent solution, contact your dentist today.
About the Author
Dr. Holly Boone is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She has also achieved Fellowship status with the International Dental Implant Association. At Tamborello Dental Associates in Houston, she treats each patient like a member of her own family. If you are interested in having Dr. Boone replace your missing teeth with dental implants, contact her at (713)-522-7540.