If you have missing, damaged, or otherwise failing teeth, you’ve probably started looking around for a way to restore your smile (if you haven’t already). There are a ton of options out there, the most common being dentures, bridges, and dental implants. What you may not know is that dental implants are the most permanent tooth replacement options out of those three choices.

Now, you may be curious to know just how “permanent” dental implants actually are compared to dentures and bridges. Burke Dental aims to offer insight on this subject by delving into the life expectancy of a dental implant, how they can be maintained to last longer, and how they compare to the other popular tooth replacement options. Read below to find out more!

are dental implants permanent

The first think you’re probably going to want to know is how long do dental implants last? Lots of practices refer to dental implants as “permanent” but surely nothing can last forever, right? Well, when considering that most patients who get dental implants are a little older in their middle or even senior ages, it is possible for implants to last the patient the rest of their lifetime.

Find more details about dental implant life expectancy from Strober Dental in the article below.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

“Dental implants are truly remarkable developments in dental technology because they offer so many benefits. They look and function like natural teeth, and, like natural teeth, they have the ability to last a lifetime. Is that an accurate claim, you may wonder, or an exaggeration for advertising? It is the truth. Although we can’t guarantee the survival of your implants, we do know that dental implants can last a lifetime, with proper care. Most will last 20 years or more, and some have lasted nearly 50 years.”

 

So dental implants normally last over 20 years but if you can stretch out their life by properly taking care of them with regular maintenance and hygiene, why not do it? You’ll be potentially saving yourself from having to experience the operation all over again and saving money. Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your dental implants from The Silberg Center for Dental Science.

LEARN DENTAL IMPLANT MAINTENANCE

“The daily care of dental implants is very similar to the care of natural teeth. Restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque free twice a day using a brush and floss. Cleaning is especially important after meals. This is accomplished by gently brushing, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.

Oral hygiene aids may include:

  • Small, soft, manual toothbrush or an electric brush
  • Low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste
  • Dental floss for cleaning around the abutments

Other supplies that may be recommended by the doctor can include:

  • Antimicrobial mouth rinses
  • Inter-dental brushes or other aids for removing plaque between the teeth on either side of the implant(s)
  • Disclosing tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation”

 

In case you were wondering how dental implants compare to dentures, here’s and article from the Southfield Family Dental Center that goes over how long dentures will last. Notice that the life expectancy is much lower with dentures when compared to dental implants. Also, even though dentures conveniently don’t require surgery, they might still cause some discomfort after ongoing use and you can avoid that in the long-run with dental implants.

How Long Should Dentures Last?

“While dentures are often necessary and serve as highly effective replacements for actual teeth, they are not permanent solutions. Dentists generally agree that dentures are made to last between 5 and 10 years. After this amount of time, dentures usually require repair or replacement.

Sometimes people can get up to 30 years of wear with the same pair of dentures, but these are relatively rare circumstances.”

 

In conclusion, when comparing dental implants to other options (dentures), implants provide more permanent results that can potentially last a lifetime. There’s no guarantee that dental implants will be a permanent solution for each and every individual but they certainly do last longer than other tooth replacement choices available to you through your dental practice. By pairing your dental implants with regular maintenance and care, you can also ensure the prolonged life expectancy of your smile.

To learn more about dental implants and how they can help you smile in confidence for many years to come, call Burke Dental today @ (703) 978-6000!

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