What Makes Dental Implants Last So Long?

While a bridge or removable denture usually needs to be replaced every ten years or so, dental implants have the ability to last for decades, even a lifetime in some cases. But what makes dental implants last so much longer? In today’s blog, your Vista, CA, dentist will look the benefits of addressing tooth loss with dental implants.

Placing New Roots in Your Smile

First, we will examine your smile and make sure you have enough jawbone tissue to support a new root. If so, we will insert the implant post into the jawbone. The post is made from biocompatible titanium, and is screw-like in appearance. Through the process of osseointegration, it will bond with the bone and act as a new root. This means stimulating the growth of jawbone tissue. Bridges and dentures need replacement because due to tooth loss, the jawbone tends to lose mass and density, changing the shape of the ridge line and impacting the fit of a prosthetic with time. However, this loss is halted as the body accepts dental implants as new roots, enabling them to remain in place for years to come.

Restoring Your New Tooth/Teeth

That handles the root portion, but what about the visible portion of your new tooth? For an individual one, we will add an abutment that holds a crown in place. The crown will be custom-made from durable and lifelike materials, so it blends with your smile and provides a dependable chewing surface. If you have lost several teeth, then we can insert multiple posts and attach a custom-made bridge or denture. Again, your prosthetic will be able to last for decades to come with proper care and attention.

Long-Term Benefits

The implants will enable you to eat your favorite foods and speak without difficulty. They will feel and act natural, and never slip when you eat or speak. You don’t have to remove them for cleaning or soaking, and of course, we take steps to ensure they reflect your facial structure and the overall appearance of your natural smile. Remember, not addressing tooth loss means the breakdown of jawbone tissue could lead to further tooth loss, an aged appearance, and could even mean trouble speaking clearly or eating your favorite foods! If you have any questions about treating your tooth loss with an advanced and long-lasting prosthetic option, then contact our team today. We want to make sure you smile with confidence, and that you enjoy a smile that brings better quality of life.

Our Vista, CA Dentist’s Office Provides Implant Dental Services

Our Vista, CA dentist’s office wants to help you enjoy a full smile, with secure replacements that last for many. For more information on implant dentistry, then please contact Melrose Dental Arts at 760-724-9117.