Tooth loss is a common concern especially as we age. As kids, tooth loss is common and necessary. We all might remember how excited we were to hide a primary (baby) tooth under the pillow and wake up to some money left behind by a tooth fairy. But as adults, tooth loss is less of a happy occasion. Losing a tooth can be a big issue. While it is rare to lose a tooth in your young adulthood, it is not impossible. Whether caused by an injury, genetics, or dental decay tooth loss can be a serious problem not just for how your smile looks but how your teeth function. When losing an adult tooth you have a few options for replacement. One of the most common choices is a dental implant. Read on to learn more about dental implants, or click below to make an appointment in Maine.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants can last 10 to 30 years. Compared to a dental bridge which lasts 5-15 years, implants often are the choice for patients that want a long-term solution. One thing that can confuse patients is that some dentists will refer to bridges or implants as permanent. The term “permanent” is not in relation to how the implement will never need repairs or replacement, but rather that the implement is not removable by the patient. Dentures for example are a removable implement that are therefore not considered permanent.
Can Dental Implants Last The Rest Of My Life?
Yes, because the lifespan of dental implants can be anywhere from 10-30 years, you might have those implants for the rest of your life. In fact if you take good care of your teeth you have even a higher chance of having those implants forever. This is often one of the reasons people look at getting implants instead of dental bridges. A bridge is likely going to need to be replaced and the procedure is basically the same procedure as getting a bridge the first time. It can be expensive, time-consuming, etc. Whereas an implant can last decades without any major issues. In fact, some adults look at replacing all of their teeth with implants instead of getting removable dentures.
Dental Implants Vs Dentures
As we age it is common to eventually lose the majority or all of your adult teeth. One option for replacing all of your teeth is classic removable dentures. Dentures can be inserted whenever needed and removed at night. But some patients are more interested in All-On-4 dental implants. While this is an expensive procedure, it provides a full mouth of teeth that act just like your original teeth. All of the top or bottom teeth are replaced with a row of false teeth that are attached with four implants posts. Where most implants are one post per tooth, All-On-4 works by replacing the entire arch of teeth with a group of 4 posts.
How Can I Make My Dental Implants Last Longer?
Like with most things dental, long-lasting results starts with going to the dentist every 6 months. Whether you still have all of your teeth, have a bridge, or have implants you should see the dentist twice every year. Cleanings from your dentist protect your teeth and dental implements. Exams find and track any concerns or issues so they can be handled before they grow. Beyond that, proper oral care including brushing and flossing and avoiding things like tobacco products can extend the lifespan of your implants or bridges.
What Do I Do If A Dental Implant Is Loose or Broken
See an emergency dentist! If anything ever feels off with a filling, crown, bridge, or implant, you should not wait to see a dentist. Loose, chipped, broken, or fully out are all reasons to immediately go to the dentist to get the help you need.
Restorative Dentistry and Dental Implants in Southern Maine
If you live in the southern Maine area and need implants, dentures, bridges, crowns, or any other dental service that we provide, we would be happy to discuss setting up an appointment for you. Give us a call or click below for more information.