If you have missing teeth but good overall jawbone health, your dentist has probably suggested implant dentistry to restore your oral health. And, certainly, the benefits of teeth implants are appealing:
But, because implants can be quite costly, you want to know how long they will last. In other words, is the investment worth it? The answer is a resounding yes, and let us tell you why.
Dental implants are referred to as permanent restorative solutions and here's why. The metal post that will act as the root of the artificial tooth is inserted into the jawbone and integrates with the bone and tissue. After this process (called osseointegration) is complete and the metal post can provide a secure foundation for the new tooth, your dentist will add the abutment and dental crown.
However, although the metal post can last a lifetime, the dental crown is exposed to external factors and has a limited lifespan. With proper care, the dental crown of an implant can last between 15 and even 20 years.
While an implant has the potential to last forever, certain factors can affect its longevity:
If you've tried other restorative solutions but weren't happy with the results or if you just want to learn more about teeth implants, the team at Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates is here to answer all your questions. Then, based on a thorough examination of your oral health, we can determine if dental implants are the right option for you or if you need to consider alternative treatments.