Dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement, and the closest dentistry comes to the form, function, and appearance of a natural tooth. With dental implants, patients who’ve suffered from tooth loss can get a complete smile that allows them to chew comfortably again and feel confident about sharing their smiles.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that takes the place of a missing tooth root. The post is placed in the jawbone where the missing tooth was, and as the implant heals, it fuses with the bone and tissue around it. This process is called osseointegration, and when it’s complete, the dentist adds a crown, bridge, or denture to restore appearance and function.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today. Unlike dentures or bridges that sit on your gums, implants become part of your dental anatomy like the natural tooth root was.
Because the implant is part of your natural bone structure, it can last for decades or even a lifetime with proper care. A dental implant is also the only tooth replacement that promotes a strong, healthy jawbone because it prevents bone loss that occurs after tooth loss.
How to Help Your Implant Last a Lifetime
The greatest threat to your implant is untreated periodontal disease that causes jawbone loss and deterioration of support for the implant. To extend the longevity of your implant, start by practicing excellent oral hygiene, including brushing at least twice a day and flossing once.
You should also visit your dental implant dentist in Aurora, CO, for teeth cleanings and exams every six months. That way, if your dental hygienist discovers gum disease or gingivitis, they can take prompt steps to treat it, protecting your gum health and your dental implant.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation Appointment
At Baller Dental & Ortho at Southlands, Dr. Holly Baller has extensive training and experience in dental implant placement and restoration. She would love to meet with you at her Aurora, CO dental office to explain more about implants and see if you’re a good candidate.
Please call us today to schedule a dental implant consultation to get started!