Dental implants are great solutions for missing teeth problems, replacing the form and function of both the tooth, and the tooth’s root, that have been lost due to a variety of reasons. The implants not only provide a significant improvement in one’s overall dental health, but can also improve self-confidence and a sense of well-being – which may have been negatively affected with the loss of natural teeth. Other missing teeth options such as dentures can also replace the form and function of missing teeth, but they may not be as aesthetically-pleasing, and are not expected to provide missing teeth solutions on a long-term basis like dental implants can.
As you consider getting dental implants to replace the loss of natural teeth, you may wonder – how long do dental implants last? Can the implants be relied on to continue being replacements for missing teeth several years or decades from the time they are attached?
The answer to the question above is – dental implants can last a lifetime, but only IF they are given the proper care and attention that they need (and deserve). Just like natural teeth, the dental implants should be given proper home care by regular tooth brushing, the use of dental floss, and a balanced diet. It is important to make sure that the area where the implants are attached, and the whole oral cavity as well, is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis to prevent the development of dental problems.
Regular dental checkups also play an important role in ensuring that dental implants stay in excellent condition for the longest possible time. The dentist will be able to check on the condition of the dental implants on a regular basis, ensuring that there are no dental problems or that there are no risks for developing these problems in the future. In cases when a problem has already developed, the dentist will be able to provide the proper diagnosis and treatment so that the dental implant can be saved, providing an opportunity for healthy-looking smiles to be enjoyed for a longer period of time.
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