Implant dentistry offers a significant advancement of tooth replacement technology for many reasons, including the longevity of these devices. When the conditions for implant placement are appropriate and the patient takes proper care of dental implants, this type of tooth replacement can last for decades. Contrast this with conventional bridges and dentures, which typically need to be replaced after several years when they lose their fit due to changes in the shape of the jaw.
Dental implants are so durable because of the osseointegration process that takes place after the oral surgeon places the dental implant in the jaw. This is possible because dental implants are made of titanium, which is biocompatible. That means that the bone in the vicinity is able to form a strong bond with the dental implant, and that bond leaves the implant as a permanent fixture in the patient’s jaw.
However, there are two important factors that can interfere with the success of implant dentistry. The first is bone loss at the implant site. Before developing the treatment plan, your oral surgeon will thoroughly examine your jaw, including taking x-rays, to determine whether you have sufficient bone material at the implant site to support osseointegration.
Additionally, the patient must make a concerted effort to care for the dental implants. If active gum disease develops, it could ultimately attack the bone and threaten the stability of the bond. Therefore, patients need to be conscientious about brushing and flossing as directed, along with performing any other oral hygiene activities designed to reduce the presence of oral bacteria. You should also continue to get routine care from a dentist as well as professional cleanings by a dental hygienist.
When you are a good candidate for dental implants and you stick to a dedicated oral hygiene routine to maintain them, this treatment can last for a patient’s entire lifespan. To learn more details of the steps you must take to maximize the benefits of your dental implants, consult with one of our expert surgeons at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates.