Dental implants are designed to be strong and durable, able to withstand the everyday rigors of chewing and biting, but to keep them functioning the way they should and looking their best, you need to care for them properly. Luckily, dental implant care is fairly straightforward; in fact, your implants can be cared for the same way you care for your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing performed correctly, as well as regular visits with Dortor to ensure your implants, the neighboring teeth, and your gums are as.
What Is A Dental Implant Made Of?
Implants last so long because of what they’re made of:
- Implant –The titanium or zirconia post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone of a patient and serves as a root for the crown.
- Abutment –The abutment is fastened to the implant and holds the crown.
- Crown –The crown is a ceramic false tooth that is mounted atop the abutment and provides the look and function of a natural tooth.
In general, the crown and abutment are more susceptible to damage than the implant itself because they are exposed and actively used in biting and chewing food.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
With regular brushing and flossing, the implant screw itself can last a lifetime, assuming the patient receives regular dental check-ups every 6 months. The crown, however, usually only lasts about 10 to 15 years before it may need a replacement due to wear and tear. However, maintaining excellent dental hygiene and using it cautiously could extend the life of the crown beyond 15 years. Mouth location is also a factor in predicting the life of a dental implant. Implants in the rear of the mouth are used more actively in chewing, which means they will likely wear out more quickly than implants near the front of the mouth.
Dental Implants . Other Tooth Replacement Options
A dental implant is a permanent solution for missing teeth and is now the preferred tooth-replacement option among patients and dentists. A dental implant completely replaces a natural tooth and can be used to bite and chew without slipping as can occur with dentures. And unlike dentures, implants are permanently placed, meaning that all cleaning — brushing twice daily and flossing — is done alongside your natural teeth. Because they are attached to the interior jawbone, implants don’t put strain on neighboring teeth as dental bridges tend to do and don’t require any special steps to clean..