A dental implant is a prosthetic device designed to replace a missing tooth. The implant itself is a post that mimics the root of a tooth. It is surgically embedded into the jawbone.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth in order to anchor and support artificial tooth restorations, such as crowns and bridges. When receiving a dental implant procedure, you will be placed under local or general anesthesia before an implant is placed into your jawbone and given a few months to heal before it is restored with a crown or bridge. Once the implants have fused with the bone, they are sturdy and ready for restoration so that patients can enjoy the benefits of having a full smile once again.
Unlike dentures, which can shift in the mouth and interfere with speech and eating, dental implants are permanent and only require regular brushing and flossing at home, as well as routine checkups and cleaning appointments with your dentist. Though the cost of dental implants is higher than other restorative options, they have the added benefit of being the most durable and long-lasting option available. They are also the only replacement option that also protects the health and integrity of the surrounding teeth and jaw. This can be invaluable to patients with a history of gum disease.
The healing time needed after getting a tooth implant largely depends on the individual patient, as well as their body’s natural healing process. However, the typical dental implant recovery time generally takes anywhere from three to six months. During this time, your dentist will monitor your recovery through regular follow-up appointments to assess how the gums are healing and to determine when your new tooth should be ready.
Dental implants are permanent fixtures in the mouth, so they should last a lifetime once they’re placed by a licensed dentist. The implants themselves won’t decay, but the surrounding gum tissue and underlying bone can degenerate over time. That’s why your dentist may recommend a dental implant restoration at some point after placement. Just because the implant will last for a lifetime doesn’t mean the restoration will as well.
As a general rule, dentists say patients can expect their implant restorations to last for about a decade before needing replacement. However, if you take care of your smile and practice good oral hygiene habits, it’s possible your restoration could last longer! If you’re considering a dental implant treatment or already have an implant installed, don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss at least once a day, and visit your dentist regularly cleanings and examinations. Practicing these good habits will help preserve your implant and its restoration for years to come.
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