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Longevity of Dental Implants

Alt Description at Karl Zeren DDS, Lutherville-Timonium, MDDental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth, providing a unique alternative to bridges and dentures. This incredible treatment involves the surgical implantation of small titanium posts into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to these posts as you heal, a natural process called osseointegration. Osseointegration stabilizes the posts in your jaw so that they can hold your replacement teeth securely in place. At Karl Zeren DDS we offer dental implant solutions to meet a variety of needs. While implants are becoming more common, there are still many questions about them, including how long they last.

Dental Implant Components

There are 3 components of dental implants.
•  The post. The post, typically made from titanium, is the actual implant. It is surgically placed into your jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the post, securing it within your jaw and essentially turning it into a replacement root. Its job is to provide secure support for your replacement teeth.
•  The abutment. The abutment is also called the connector. This piece is placed on the exposed end of the implant post. It provides stability for your replacement teeth.
•  The crown. The crown is the actual replacement tooth. Made from ceramic, the crown is made to look exactly like the tooth it is replacing. The material can be made to perfectly match the color of your real teeth, and it reflects light just like your natural tooth enamel. In addition to looking like your real teeth, the crown functions just like a real tooth, too.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are considered a long-term solution to tooth loss. In many cases, they are a permanent solution. Dental implants can provide a long-term solution because of the posts in your jaw. These posts function just like your natural tooth roots. When you chew, the posts stimulate your jawbone. This restores the messages to your body that tell it to send essential nutrients to your jaw. As a result, bone loss is stopped, and new bone loss is prevented.

Traditional treatments cost less and can restore many of the functions of your missing teeth, but they cannot stop bone loss in your jaw. Because of this, bridges and dentures need to be replaced every few years to accommodate your mouth as your jawbone continues to lose mass and change shape. 

What Can Affect the Longevity of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a highly effective treatment for replacing missing teeth. They have a success rate of about 98%. Even with such a high success rate, there are several factors that can affect just how long your dental implants last. These factors include
•  Certain medical conditions. Medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes can both have a significant impact on the success of dental implant treatment, especially when they are not under control.
•  Poorly aligned teeth or jaws. When your teeth or jaws are not properly aligned, this can lead to uneven pressure on your teeth as well as bruxism, a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth. Excessive pressure on your dental implants can wear away the bone, causing the implants to become unstable.
•  Facial trauma. Injuries to the jawbone can impact the stability of your dental implants.
•  Poor oral hygiene practices. Neglecting your oral hygiene increases your risk for periodontal disease. This condition can develop even if all of your teeth have been replaced. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, bacteria fall below the gum line and begin attacking the jawbone. This causes the bone around the implants to weaken, which causes the posts to become unstable.

When properly cared for, dental implants provide a long-term, even permanent, solution for tooth loss. If you have any questions or want to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Karl Zeren DDS at (410) 316-6141 today.
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