When we see patients in Albuquerque, NM, with one or more missing teeth, we want to return smiles to full function and beauty. In order to address tooth loss, we may be able to place dental implants, which can often stay secure for decades. In today’s blog, we’re going to find out how long dental implants can potentially last!
The Placement Process
The secret to a dental implant’s longevity is in the placement. We won’t use crowns or suction, or even metal clasps to hold them in place. Instead, a screw-like device will be surgically inserted into the jawbone tissue. The device is made from biocompatible titanium, and actually bonds with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. We plan the treatment thoroughly, and will take steps to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the process.
The Benefits of Osseointegration
Osseointegration means the dental implant and jawbone tissue bond, securing the device like a natural tooth root. While bridges and dentures need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years as the jawbone ridge changes shape, the dental implant actually stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue, preventing the changes to the jawbone that occurs following tooth loss. Instead of lasting a few short years, the implant could potentially last for decades, possibly even a lifetime. However, they are still susceptible to common oral health issues, such as gum disease. Routine care is need to keep them strong.
Ensuring They Stay Strong
Caring for your new tooth means taking time each day to brush your entire smile for two minutes, once when waking and again before bed. You also need to floss in between each of your teeth, even your new ones. These steps help control plaque buildup in between office visits. During your routine visits, we will monitor your smile for signs of trouble and also clean your teeth, removing plaque. We then limit the risk of decay, infection, and periodontal disease and help safeguard your new teeth and your natural ones as well. With the right steps, they can last for many years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about implant dentistry, or if you have one or more missing teeth, then contact our team today. We would love to start you on a journey to a whole and beautiful smile, one you can’t wait to show the world!
Ready To Replace Your Missing Teeth?
Don’t let missing teeth impact your smile’s health and beauty, talk about tooth replacement options today. We can address a single lost tooth, or even secure a fixed bridge or denture. To learn more about tooth loss, then schedule an implant consultation by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM today at 505-299-2979. We also proudly serve patients and families living in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, and all surrounding communities.