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Dental Arts of Frederick

Longevity of Dental Implants
Frederick, MD

Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth. They are a unique alternative to bridges and dentures, using small titanium posts to support your replacement teeth. The posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone. The bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them and turning them into artificial roots that can hold your new teeth securely in place. At Dental Arts of Frederick, we offer many types of implant solutions for many needs. However, just how long do dental implants last?

What are the Components of Dental Implants?

Dental implants consist of 3 components.
•  The post. Typically made from titanium, the post is the actual implant. It is surgically placed into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the material, which then turns the post into an artificial root that supports your replacement teeth.
•  The abutment. The abutment is placed onto the exposed end of the dental implant post. It is also called the connector and provides stability for your replacement teeth.
•  The crown. The crown is your replacement tooth. It is typically made from ceramic, a material that perfectly imitates your natural teeth. It restores the natural functions of your missing teeth, enabling you to bite, chew, speak, and smile confidently.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution for tooth loss. In many cases, this solution is permanent. This is possible because of the implant posts. The posts function just like your natural tooth roots. When you chew, the posts stimulate your jawbone, just like your natural tooth roots. This stimulation triggers the body to send essential nutrients to your jaw and surrounding areas. As a result, bone loss in the jaw that follows tooth loss is stopped and prevented.

Dental implants are the only solution that can provide this benefit. Because your jawbone remains strong and healthy, it does not change shape. Your dental implants, unlike bridges and dentures, do not need to be periodically changed. Even if the crowns become damaged or worn, they can easily be replaced without replacing your entire restoration.

Issues that Impact the Longevity of Dental Implants

Dental implants have a very high rate of success. Even so, there are some factors that can impact the longevity of your treatment. The factors include:
•  Uncontrolled medical conditions. Certain types of medical conditions, such as diabetes, can impact the success of the treatment, especially when the condition is not well controlled.
•  Crooked teeth. If your teeth are crooked, your bite may be uneven. This can lead to bruxism, which can put excessive pressure on your dental implants. The grinding and clenching can wear away the jawbone, loosening the implant posts and compromising your restoration.
•  Traumatic facial injuries. Injuries to your jawbone can compromise the stability of your dental implants.
•  Improper oral hygiene. Even if all of your teeth have been replaced with dental implants, it is still important to brush and floss at least twice a day. If you do not take proper care of your mouth, you can develop gum disease. In advanced stages of gum disease, bacteria travel below the gumline, eventually reaching your jawbone. There, the bacteria attack your jawbone, weakening it. This causes your dental implants to become unstable.

Dental implants provide a long-term, and even permanent, solution for missing teeth. If you have any questions about dental implants or want to find out if they are the ideal solution for you, contact Dental Arts of Frederick today at 301-732-7277.


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