One of the benefits of dental implants is that they can last a lifetime. A lifetime is a long time, and most dental restorations don’t last anywhere near that long. So how is it that dental implants can actually last 30, 40, even 50 years?
It’s due to a unique combination of elements that only dental implants have.
Dental Implants Are Made of Titanium
One of the important benefits of dental implants is that they’re made of titanium. Titanium is a very strong metal that is very capable of handling the repeated compressive stresses of biting and chewing. This protects dental implants from wear and mechanical failure, which can occur, but is very rare.
Titanium is also a very noble metal, like gold, that doesn’t react with very many things in the body, so it’s not going to rust away.
Dental Implants Are Supported by Bone
Of course, your titanium implant couldn’t do the job alone–it would probably be worn out by all the millions of chews it is expected to deliver over a lifetime. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to go it alone. Instead, your dental implant is surrounded and supported by your bone, which helps share the load so that dental implants aren’t damaged by the repetitive stresses of chewing.
Dental Implants Stimulate the Bone
Of course, the other side of the bone support is that the dental implant itself doesn’t just depend on the bone for support, it stimulates the bone. Stimulating the bone keeps the body from removing bone around the implants, as it normally would after the loss of your natural teeth. Because dental implants stimulate the bone around them, they ensure they will always have the support they need.
Protected by the Gums
And it helps that dental implants and the bones around them are wrapped up in your gums. Your gums protect bones and dental implants from chemical exposure, as to acidic foods and drinks. This further helps protect them against damage and erosion.
Why Don’t Dental Implants Always Last?
With all of these advantages, you might then wonder why dental implants don’t always last forever. So why do dental implants sometimes fail?
Poor maintenance: Not taking proper care of your dental implants is a leading risk factor for having them fail. If you aren’t cleaning your dental implants with a toothbrush twice a day and flossing them every day, then you are more likely to develop peri-implantitis, a form of gum disease known as peri-implantitis, the leading cause of dental implant failures.
Poor placement: Your dentist could also contribute to the loss of your dental implants. If your dentist puts your implants in a place where your bite brings down excessive force, the stimulating action that is supposed to build bone can actually become destructive, causing you to lose bone around the dental implant. That’s why it’s good to work with a neuromuscular dentist who can help balance your bite and ensure that your implant isn’t being subjected to excessive pressure.
Bad luck: Sometimes we can’t track down exactly why a dental implant failed. In rare instances, it might be related to a defect in the implant itself. Or maybe it’s related to not having good bone healing around the implant. These types of unexplained failures are very rare.
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Are you convinced that dental implants really can last a lifetime? If so, then it’s time to start your procedure for long-lasting dental implants today. Please call