Can Dental Implants Really Last A Lifetime?

A dental bridge often lasts about 10 to 15 years. A denture may need replacement after about 5 to 10 years. But what if there was an option that could last for decades, possibly even a lifetime? With dental implants, your Des Moines, IA, dentist could offer an new tooth that looks natural and restores your smile’s health and function for many years to come.

The Implant Dentistry Difference

Bridges need crowns attached to natural teeth, known as abutment teeth, to stay in place. Partials rely on metal clasps connected to remaining natural teeth, and full dentures need suction. However, dental implants rely on what is essentially a new tooth root. A screw-like device made from titanium, which is biocompatible and accepted by the body as a natural root, is inserted into the jawbone. After the area heals and the bonding process is completed, which takes about three to four months, we will next add an abutment and a lifelike restoration to complete the new tooth.

Lasting for Years to Come

Since the body accepts the new dental implant as a natural tooth, this means the body doesn’t lose jawbone mass and density due to tooth loss. The loss of jawbone density is linked to an older appearance and even further tooth loss. Since the new tooth stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue, your smile is protected form further loss and your new tooth has the potential to last for decades, possibly even a lifetime. To help, you must simply care for it as you would a natural tooth, which means daily brushing and flossing and routine visits to our office for checkups and cleanings every few months.

A Lifelike Appearance

The crowns we attach will be custom-made for your smile. We often use materials like ceramic, which is translucent in nature like tooth enamel and can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. Ceramic can also withstand and absorb serious bite faces and pressures, allowing you to eat your favorite foods and smile with confidence. If you have lost several teeth, then we can custom-create a bridge or denture to attach to multiple dental implants, helping you enjoy a fixed prosthetic that never slips and could last for decades to come. If you have lost one or more of your teeth and are looking for a possible solution, then contact to our team about dental implants. Let’s make 2020 the year you enjoy a full and functional smile once again.

Do You Have Questions About Addressing Your Lost Teeth?

We would like to help you find the perfect solution to your missing teeth! Don’t let your overall oral health and quality of life suffer due to one or more missing teeth. To learn more about addressing missing teeth, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.