Dental Implant Lifespan and Durability
By Dr. Ribeiro on August 10, 2021
In Clarksville, TN, Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro offers all tooth replacement options: bridges, partials, dentures, and dental implants. With the right care, dental implant lifespan and durability are excellent - in fact, your implants could last the rest of your life.
Great oral health and a full set of strong teeth contribute to a positive self-image. Healthy teeth allow us to smile, chew food, and speak with complete confidence. On the flip side, missing teeth come with a long list of emotional, professional, social, and health problems. But if you choose to replace lost teeth with restorations supported by a set of expertly placed dental implants, you can avoid these issues in style. Here is why:
You have three basic options for replacing lost teeth:
- Bridge (or crown and bridge, bridgework)
- Partial denture (partial)
- Full denture
Each of the options above can be anchored by implants as opposed to being attached to nearby teeth or simply resting on the gums. And although bridges, dentures, and crowns typically last about 10 years, you will likely always have your implants as long as you are taking care of them.
Simple Care and Maintenance
Major factors that can reduce the longevity of well-anchored dental implants are injury and gum disease. Wearing a sports mouthguard during athletic activities and your seatbelt in moving vehicles will help reduce your risk of facial injury.
To decrease the potential for developing gum disease, regular care should include:
Brushing twice daily
Flossing once daily
Using an antiseptic mouthwash
Visiting the dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings
Reporting any oral abnormalities to your dentist right away
Did you know that in the United States, more than 36 million are missing all of their teeth? One-hundred and twenty million have lost one or more teeth. If you’re in need of tooth replacement, you’re not alone. Just remember that dental implants offer superior longevity, are highly durable, and require only very simple care and maintenance.
The majority of dental implants are made of titanium. This metal is biocompatible, meaning the body accepts it well. In fact, your bone tissue will fuse directly to the titanium in the months following dental implant placement surgery. In essence, your implant will become a part of your body that will contribute to your ability to eat a varied and balanced diet, and to speak with absolute clarity.
Your Dental Implant Team in Clarksville, TN
As you probably know, there are cheaper ways to fill gaps in your smile, but they don’t provide the stability or jawbone retention that you can experience by choosing dental implants. Implants are built to last, and because they are compatible with bone tissue, you can put a permanent stop to the disappointment, discomfort, and frustration of conventional dentures.
To learn more about dental implants and how they compare to other tooth replacement options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ribeiro in our Clarksville, TN, dental office. Call (931) 645-6362 or send us a message online, from our website.
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“Dr. Ribeiro has been my dentist for many years, and he has always provided exceptional service. His staff is very professional and courteous. They always go out of their way to ensure I have a pleasant experience.” Tina Reed