How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

If you are completely missing one or more of your teeth, implants can help with restoring your smile and getting you to feel more confidence in your appearance. In the past, you may have been told that the only two options available to you to replace a missing tooth were fixed bridges and partial dentures. While both of these restorations are still widely used in the dental industry, implants are more common because they restore a tooth permanently without compromising surrounding teeth.

Why Should You Consider Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a permanent, life-long restoration that is specifically meant to enhance your smile. The surgery itself is relatively noninvasive and commonly performed, so you can have implant placement complete in just an hour. The implant, which is made out of a surgical-grade titanium, will fuse with the jaw bone in under six months. Once the implant has fused with the bone, you can benefit from a completely permanent anchor for crowns and other restorations.

How Long Will Implants Last?
Once an implant has completely healed, you can benefit from having it for the rest of your life. Implants are made out of titanium, so they can withstand a lot of force and pressure no matter how much you clench or grind your teeth. What’s not permanent are the restorations that are placed on top of the implant, like a dental crown. These restorations need to be replaced years or decades depending on the materials and proper hygiene practices. The implant itself will stay in place for decades without any special care or attention.

The Procedure and What to Expect
During the procedure, the doctor will create a small incision into the gums to place the implant. The implant may be secured using a retainer, which is meant to keep the appliance in place. The implant will fuse with the bone in about six months and can then be used as an abutment for crowns or dentures. Our doctors are dedicated to providing you with a high-quality implant that enhances your natural smile.

If you are interested in dental implants and what they can do for your smile, call our office so we can schedule your consultation.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

Implants are one of the most popular dental restoration procedures done in our office. Implants give patients that beautiful white smile they desire. At Family Dental Care we offer a few different implant procedures to our patients. Each patient’s needs are unique, and our goal is to help our patients choose the best option that fits their needs.

Traditional Dental Implants:

Andrew Turchin, DMD offers traditional dental implants. This type of implant takes multiple appointments, and is used for patients that have broken, cracked, or missing teeth. Traditionally implants have two steps in the process. The first step is to place the implant in the jawbone. Once the implants have been placed, there is a healing period that has to take place so the implants can fuse to the jawbone. We also evaluate our patients to ensure they have enough bone present to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to give patients additional bone, and provide the support that is required. This is an additional step that is added to the process if needed.

The healing process takes a few months to complete and this varies per patient. Once the healing process is complete, an abutment or connector is used, and this is placed on top of the implant. We then affix a crown securely on the implant. The crowns are custom made to match each patient’s size, shape, and color of their natural teeth. Temporary crowns may be used while we wait for the permanent crown to be installed.

Implants give patients a strong and reliable tooth restoration option. They are built to last upwards of 15 years or a lifetime. We recommend good oral hygiene and regular dental visits to keep your implants looking and feeling healthy. On average, implants take between four and six months to fully heal, and this varies for each patient.

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

What are mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants are similar to traditional dental implants. Typically mini dental implants are used for smaller spaces, or patients that have naturally smaller teeth. Mini implants are smaller compared to traditional implants, and are usually a less expensive option for patients.

With mini dental implants the anchor and abutment are made of one piece and protrude out of the gums. The crown is then secured on top, and this provides a secure base for the crown or dentures used.

Mini dental implants is a faster procedure compared to traditional implants. The recovery for patients is minimal, and in most cases patients can return to their normal routine immediately after the procedure.

Benefits of mini dental implants:

  • Bone grafting is usually not needed with mini dental implants. This is one less stop in the process, and helps with cost.
  • The mini dental implant procedure is less involved compared to traditional dental implants.
  • The screws with mini dental implants are smaller and so are the crowns used. As a result, they usually cost less compared to traditional implants.

Mini implants are durable and reliable and give patients a beautiful smile. If you are interested in finding out if mini dental implants are right for you, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

For patients who are completely missing one or more of their teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and enhance your confidence. Implants are surgically placed underneath the gum line and into the bone of your jaw. In less than six months, the titanium implant fuses with the bone and creates a reliably secure anchor for restorations. The implant is designed to last a lifetime and with proper care, will never need to be repaired or replaced. It is important to give the implant adequate time to heal so that it can securely stay in place.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
A dental implant does not require compromising surrounding teeth just to fill in an area where a tooth is missing. While fixed dental bridges are still a great option for many patients, they require filing down and reshaping surrounding teeth. Partial dentures can help with replacing missing teeth, but they are removable and may not be for everyone. Dental implants are a lifelong restoration that helps to replace missing dentition without the need to touch other teeth.

Who is a Good Candidate for the Procedure?
Dental implants need to be surgically inserted beneath the gum line and into the bone. If you have poor bone density or have an auto immune disease that can affect your body’s ability to heal, implants may not be the best option for you. Before surgery, we will do an examination and take a series of x-rays to determine if implants are right for you. Most healthy adults who want implants can have them placed. With proper care, your implant will heal in less than six months.

How to Have an Implant Placed
To have an implant placed, you’ll first need to come in to have a consultation with our doctors. The procedure itself involves surgically placing a titanium implant underneath the gums and into the bone. Small holes present in the implant fuse with the bone over the course of several months. Once the implant has fully healed and is securely in place, we can fit you with a dental crown to restore fullness to your smile.

If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants or want to schedule an appointment to have one placed, we’re here to take your call and get you in for a consultation.