You’ve heard how well they work, and you may know people who have them. We’re not talking about those over-ear headphones you keep seeing — instead, it’s dental implants in Lancaster. Are you considering completing your smile with the premiere tooth replacement currently available? If so, you probably have a few questions about how they work… and above all, how long you can expect them to last. Dr. Sean Moriarty has more about the lifespan of dental implants in this week’s blog post.
Dental Implants: Expect Them to Last a Lifetime
No other restorative option lasts longer than dental implants. Because they mimic the natural structure of your teeth, dental implants stabilize your jawbone and provide unsurpassed stability for the prosthetic crown, bridge, or denture that is affixed on top. Without a replacement root, the jawbone does not receive the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and whole. A traditional denture or fixed bridge, which only gives you back the visible portion of the tooth, will need to be refitted or replaced periodically to keep up with the shrinking facial structure. By stabilizing the jawbone, successful dental implants can be expected to stay sturdy and healthy for a lifetime to come.
The Best Overall Investment
While dental implants may come at a higher initial price than other options in tooth replacement, they are definitely the best investment over the long term — especially for younger patients. Most people who are over the age of 35 have at least one missing tooth. Replacing them with this comprehensive solution promotes better oral health and reduces the risk that you will lose additional teeth in the years to come.
Traditional dentures will also need to be replaced every five to seven years, which can cost hundreds of dollars each time. Because dental implants rarely need to be refitted or replaced, choosing implant dentistry from the start can help to ensure you and your smile get the most bang for your buck.
Additional Benefits of Dental Implants
Aside from lasting for decades, the benefits of dental implants are many. They include…
- A superior fit compared to non-implant retained options
- No slippage
- Look and feel just like your natural teeth
- Can correct pre-existing dental misalignments
- A lasting fit
Successful Dental Implants
Dental implant procedures currently have a success rate of more than 95%. However, patients should be aware that tobacco use of any kind greatly affects the odds of a successful recovery following a dental implant procedure. Maintaining a balanced, nutritious diet and proper dental hygiene will help you stay healthy for a speedy, complication-free recovery.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Are you interested in dental implants for your own smile? Dr. Moriarty can evaluate your oral health to determine whether or not you are eligible for the procedure. Please don’t wait to get started — request an appointment with your dentist in Lancaster today!