Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
How long do full mouth dental implants last?
The longevity of dental implants far outweighs that of other dental restorations. There are a few variables that patients need to keep in mind when deciding on full mouth dental implants which include the overall health of the patient and their oral hygiene habits.
What is involved with a dental implant?
Dental implants consist of three components: the implant, an abutment, and an implant crown.
The actual implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to act as the root for the tooth. On top of the implant, an abutment is placed which allows for the implant crown to be secured to the implant.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants have to be cared for and maintained just like regular teeth. It is very important that you see your dentist for your regular cleanings and checkups twice a year in addition to that, to see the doctor that placed your implant once a year to make sure that everything is as it should be.
Unless you have other health issues that compromise the health of your mouth, your actual implant can easily last a lifetime. The crown on the implant may need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years.
What could cause a dental implant to fail?
Failure to take care of your implants properly will quickly lead to implant failure. Patients with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes may be at higher risk for implant failure. Poor home care and improper brushing and flossing can lead to periodontal disease which would affect the health of the implant due to bone deterioration, causing the implant to become loose.
Your doctor may advise that you be fitted for a nightguard to sleep in after your restorations are complete. This night guard will help protect your restorations and natural teeth from any bruxism while you sleep. Bruxism is the clenching and grinding that we do unconsciously, usually while we are asleep.
Should I get full mouth dental implants?
If you’re missing a significant number of teeth or have teeth that need to be extracted, dental implants are one of the best ways to restore your mouth. Even if you will require replacement of all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture is a fantastic option. The stability that comes with an implant-supported restoration is much better than any other option.
Dental implants have the added bonus of helping your jaw bone maintain structure by stimulating bone regeneration where it may have deteriorated due to periodontal disease or tooth loss.
Only your dentist will be able to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. If you are, they will likely refer you to either an oral surgeon or a periodontist for evaluation. If you feel that you are interested in full mouth dental implants, speak with your dentist so they can discuss your options and help you know what to expect.
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