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Do Dental implants last a lifetime?

Do Implants have an expiry date? 

Dental implant is a synthetic tooth root that is placed in one's jaw to hold the tooth or bridge that has been restored. The implantation procedure is considered as a form of cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants are opted by people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, root canal failure, excessive wear and tear or congenital disease or some other reason.

Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is adopted by the body and serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. The natural bone locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant.

Why are implants the best option?

Dental implants are the best option because they are surgically placed in the jawbone and serve as the root of the missing teeth. Because titanium, of which implants are made of, fuse well with the jawbones, there are no chances of the implants to slip, make noise or cause bone damage that dentures can. A dental implant provides sufficient support that acts as a natural tooth and can withstand biting or chewing without slipping and also without putting any stress on the adjacent teeth. Also, there are no chances of the implants decaying as they are attached to the interior jawbone. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.

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When can you opt for Dental Implants?

  • If you have one or more missing teeth.
  • If you have a jawbone that's reached full growth.
  • If you have adequate bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft.
  • If you have healthy oral tissues.
  • If you do not have health conditions that will affect bone healing.
  • If you are unable, unwilling or feel uncomfortable to wear dentures.
  • If you have speech problems due to missing teeth and want to improve your speech.
  • You must be willing to commit several months to the process.

How long do Dental Implants last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime but it's longevity depends much on the patient's lifestyle and dental hygiene. Due the the advancement of medical science, implant failures due to functionality issues or rejections have become problems of the past.

When properly maintained with adequate brushing and flossing, the implant itself can last a lifetime, The patient must receive regular dental check-ups twice a year. A crown normally lasts up to 10-15 years before it starts to wear out and requires replacement but excellent oral hygiene may help it last more more than 15 years. Longevity of the implant depends on another important factor which is its location in the mouth. Implants in the back of the mouth receive more strain from chewing, which can cause them to fail more quickly than implants near the front of the mouth.

But it must be kept in mind that due to several reasons, dental implant may fail completely. People who suffer from diabetes or a preexisting medical condition, such as cancer, have a higher risk of dental implant failure. Like normal teeth, implants need too need be taken care of. Regular washing, flossing, rinsing is required. Lack of home care may lead to periodental gum disease which may impede the success of the implant. Get dental implants done at Raga Dental Centre under the supervision of our experts.

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