Dental implants are a popular treatment to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is natural looking and long lasting. In fact, once you have had implants placed, they can last you a lifetime.
Deciding on Dental Implants
If you have missing teeth, having them replaced can help preserve the alignment of the rest of your teeth and keep your mouth healthy. Implants are an excellent choice for replacement because they replace both the tooth root and the chewing and biting surfaces. They are permanent, durable, and almost impossible to distinguish from natural teeth. [pullquote]…once you have had implants placed, they can last you a lifetime.[/pullquote]
Other options for tooth replacement include dentures and bridges. These are also durable replacements, but typically require adjustment after time and are not as natural-looking as implants. They also do not help stimulate growth of the jawbone. Because implants feature a root portion, anchored directly in the bone, they help prevent bone atrophy over time—a long-term side effect of denture wear. Your dentist can help you decide on the best replacement option for your missing teeth.
Durability of Dental Implants
Dental implants consist of a root made of titanium or a titanium allow. The visible portion of the implant is made of porcelain. The titanium root bonds to the jawbone and is permanently attached. The porcelain prosthetic is very durable, as well, and can last for decades under normal, everyday wear and tear.
If the visible portion of the tooth breaks or is chipped, stained, or damaged, it can be replaced by setting a new prosthetic on the root portion of the implant. Implants can suffer trauma during accidents, or can chip or become discolored. If a prosthetic tooth is stained, it cannot be adequately treated with standard tooth whitening, and so must be replaced in order to restore its color. Likewise, a prosthetic tooth that has been chipped, broken, cracked, or otherwise damaged can be easily replaced.
By avoiding trauma to your new teeth and reducing exposure to staining agents, you can ensure that your implants will serve you well for many years to come. To learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment with either of our experienced and skilled dentists today.