Dental implants are the most reliable solution for replacing missing teeth. The titanium post implanted into your jawbone serves as the root of your artificial tooth. It’s then topped with an abutment and a prosthetic tooth or teeth.
Implants can last the rest of your life with proper care, but anything can wear out over time, just as your natural teeth do. Dr. Joshua Whitford and Dr. Jessica Whitford are trained and experienced dental implant specialists at Silver Lake Dentistry who help patients throughout Raymore, Missouri, and the surrounding areas choose the best options for replacing teeth.
Here, they share more information about dental implants and how you can get the most from this tooth replacement option.
How durable are dental implants?
A frequent question our implant specialists at Silver Lake Dentistry answer is: How long do implants last?
A dental implant consists of three main components:
- A screw-like post, typically made from titanium, that’s implanted in the jawbone
- The abutment that secures the titanium “root” to the crown
- A dental crown that tops the implant
Dental implants can also support dentures or bridges.
Once it fuses securely in your jaw, the titanium post can last indefinitely. The abutment is also quite durable. The crown or other prosthetic is the only visible portion of your dental implant, and it’s also the element most susceptible to cracks or damage.
Dental crowns can be subject to normal wear from use, especially when you eat hard items or subject your mouth to trauma. In general terms, you can expect dental crowns to last up to 20 years with proper care — maybe even the rest of your life.
How can I make my dental implants last?
Whether you have one or several dental implants, good oral hygiene is a must for making your implants last. Taking proper care of your natural teeth and implants involves the same routine practices:
- Brush your teeth and implants twice a day
- Floss correctly once a day, including under the edges of each implant
- Get regular dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year
- Contact Silver Lake Dentistry if you notice any signs of implant damage
Routine home and professional oral care help your implants and any remaining natural teeth last as long as possible and keep looking great.
Are you ready to explore how dental implants can restore your smile and confidence? Contact Silver Lake Dentistry today to schedule an exam and consultation with our implant specialists.