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How long does a dental implant last?

Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth, they can help improve the mechanics of your jaw and boost your self-confidence through their aesthetic appeal. If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, opting for a restorative dental treatment, such as dental implants, could be a good solution for you. At Pro Grace Dentistry, our dentists perform dental implant procedures, here in Calgary.

What exactly is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium mechanism that serves the purpose of the root of your tooth. If you have damage to the root of your natural tooth or are missing a tooth, this titanium device is placed into the jaw bone. The titanium implant will then house the replacement tooth, anchoring it to the jaw.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for a dental implant?

Dental implants are suitable for individuals who have lost or have missing teeth but are otherwise in good oral health. There are even ways to connect a denture to two to four implants. As long as you have enough bone in your jaw and healthy gums, a dental implant could be right for you. To determine whether or not you are suited for the restorative dental treatment, your dentist will perform a detailed examination of your mouth, including Xrays. In some cases, if you do not have enough bone in your jaw to perform a dental implant, then your dentist may suggest doing a bone graft, to help build up and grow more bone in your jaw.

Our trusted dentists can offer you a thorough consultation to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a dental implant in Calgary.

How long does a dental implant last?

A dental implant is a semi-permanent restorative dental treatment that can last up to 25+ years if cared for correctly. Now, determining an exact time frame of how long a dental implant can/will last is extremely challenging, as the care for your implant following the procedure is what will determine the longevity of your implant. In order to promote longevity, there are a few key things to keep in mind when taking care of your dental implant, these include:

  • Consistent and regular maintenance

    Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is integral to the health of your implant. Additionally, visiting your dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning will promote a longer life span for your dental implant. Your dentist will be able to perform an exam to check that your implants are performing properly.

  • Avoid opening things with your teeth

    While dental implants can act and look almost exactly the same as natural teeth, there are a few additional precautions you should take to promote proper care. We suggest avoiding opening things with your teeth as this can lead to breakage in the implant.

  • Try your best to avoid extra crunchy food or chewing on hard items

    Crunchy food or chewing on items such as a hard pen can damage or dislodge your dental implant. To increase the lifespan of your implant suggest doing your best to avoid eating especially crunchy foods or chewing on hard items.

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