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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are fast becoming the most popular treatment method to replace missing teeth. They offer a permanent solution that suits everyone, no matter your age, gender or lifestyle.

Whether you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth or even a full arch, dental implants work to give you back your confidence. They look completely natural meaning that nobody would be able to tell that they weren’t your own teeth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are permanently fixed prosthetics that offer a natural-looking replacement to missing teeth. They are made up of three parts – the implant itself, the abutment and the prosthesis. The implant is made from titanium, an extremely strong and durable metal. The implant is screwed into the jaw bone, and the bone gradually grows around it, making it stable ready for the abutment and prosthetic to be fitted. The process from fitting the implant and being able to have the prosthetic fitted should take approximately 6 weeks. The abutment is what attaches the prosthetic to the implant. A prosthesis can be anything from a crown, bridge or full fixed denture.

What’s the advantage of dental implants over dentures?

Dentures may offer a solution for missing teeth, but they are not permanent. We find that patients find dentures uncomfortable, and even when they are fitted well, they can become lose throughout the day. Biting into an apple can fill a denture wearer with nerves. With dental implants, they look, act and feel just like natural teeth – meaning you are able to eat and drink whatever you like with ease.

How long do implants last?

Dental implants are well-known for being a permanent solution to missing teeth, and they generally have around a 95% success rate. However, they need to be looked after to be able to last a lifetime – just like natural teeth. You need to have an excellent oral hygiene routine which consists of brushing twice daily, flossing between your teeth every day and rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash every time you brush. It is also imperative that you make regular appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist. This will enable them to spot any potential problems and resolve them before they become worse. 

If you are a smoker, it is strongly recommended that you do not have dental implants fitted, as it significantly increases the chance of failure. This is also the case if you consume high amounts of alcohol on a regular basis. Having a healthy lifestyle and diet gives you the best chance of dental implant success. 

Are dental implants right for you?

If you are missing teeth, dental implants should be an option that you consider. Although they are an investment, they can last you a lifetime and provide you with a natural-appearing smile. 

For more information, please call Regent Dental Centre in Altrincham on 0161 941 2143.

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