Dental implants can last a lifetime.
The frustration of having missing teeth stems from not being able to enjoy your favourite foods, smile for family pictures or that you’ve had a gap for so long that your teeth are changing angles. Whilst you may be considering dental implants as a solution to a missing tooth or teeth, after spending the money required to have them, the question is: how long do dental implants last?
In this guide, you will find the benefits of having dental implants vs dentures and their durability. Are you ready to determine if they’re worth the investment in replacing missing natural teeth?
Permanent Solution To Missing Teeth
If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re considering dental implants as your way of replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for teeth that are missing, damaged, cracked or broken.
It’s important to understand here that permanent implies the titanium fitting in the gums and jawbone of your mouth. This is where a screw is inserted, and the tooth crown is placed on top.
The crown (ceramic lookalike to your tooth) is the replaceable part of your implant. Being able to replace the crown ensures that your teeth can look pristine and well-shaped over time.
- The installation of the implant fitting lasts forever
- The crown cap is not permanent
Dental Implants vs Dentures
There are two types of prosthetics available: dental implants that are permanent and dentures that are removable.
The jawbone is surgically implanted and fuses with the implant over time to provide stability.
Dentures rest on the gums and may shift or slip.
Dentures are slightly less expensive, but they require more maintenance and replacement over time.
Implants provide a more natural feel and function, but they require surgery and are more expensive.
At VP Implantology, we recommend dental implants as they provide the most suitable option to recover function and restore aesthetics to reignite the old flame of confidence and enjoyment.
Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene on your New Teeth
You may have heard dental implants “stand the test of time”. This is true, provided you play your part – which is to look after your dental implants once they are fitted.
The best way to look after your dental implants is to treat them as if they are your natural teeth. Below is a comprehensive list of tips to look after your dental implant(s) to ensure they last a long time.
There are two phases to taking care of your teeth during your dental implant journey. There will be the healing process and the overall care and maintenance of your teeth.
Let’s cover both types below.
Looking after your new teeth during the healing process
- In the first few weeks after implant placement, you should consume soft foods to ensure a successful healing process. Avoiding hard or crunchy foods will reduce pressure on the implant site.
- Do not chew on the side of the implant during the first few weeks. Chewing on the side of the implant may put excessive pressure on the site and cause damage.
- To maintain a clean surgical area, gently rinse it with salt water. This will assist in preventing infection and will help to keep the area clean.
- Reduce swelling by applying ice packs: Swelling is a common part of the healing process, but ice packs can help to minimise it.
- The healing process can be slowed down, and infections can be increased when smoking and drinking alcohol.
- Prescribed medications can help reduce the risk of infection and manage pain as prescribed.
- Ensure that you attend all follow-up appointments with your dentist. Regular dental visits will ensure that the implant is healing properly and that any problems are resolved as soon as possible.
- Immediately following surgery, avoid excessive physical activity, which could disrupt the implant. Excessive physical activity could also slow the healing process if the implant is disrupted.
- Keeping the implant site clean and reducing the risk of infection is achieved by brushing and flossing regularly.
- If your dentist provides additional instructions to promote healing, you should carefully follow these instructions to ensure proper care for the implant.
Comprehensive list to maintaining and looking after your new teeth
- The best way to maintain healthy teeth is by brushing and flossing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily to prevent plaque buildup and food particles from accumulating.
- Reduce the risk of infection by using an antiseptic mouthwash.
- It is important to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.
- Ensure the implant is protected from damage by avoiding hard or crunchy foods.
- It is not advisable to use tobacco products.
- A night guard is recommended if you grind your teeth at night.
- Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks by maintaining a healthy diet.
- Alcohol consumption should be limited.
- Ensure your implant is progressing properly by scheduling regular dental appointments.
How long do tooth implants last?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing, cracked, broken and damaged teeth that last 15-20 years on average but could be longer if they are properly taken care of.
Usually, over time, teeth implants can have wear and tear from various different types of foods, consumptions and minor sports injuries; at this stage, the crown could be replaced. Scheduling regular dental checkups can help maintain them.
Now that you have a better idea of the benefits of dental implants vs dentures and how long they will last in comparison. Dental implants are a long-lasting choice for your teeth that are permanently fitted to your jaw. Meaning you can enjoy the finer things in life in addition to not having to worry about teeth falling out – as dentures would.
Learn more about dental implants and the various different types of treatment available by VP Implantology.