If you live in or near Phoenix and you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, you may have read about dental implants, the strongest, most effective replacements for missing teeth.
But given that the healing process after implant placement can take several months, you may be wondering just how long you can expect those implants to last.
Dental implants actually consist of three parts:
1.The implant itself is a titanium screw that is surgically placed in a patient’s jawbone. It serves as a substitute for the natural root and physically bonds with the bone over a period of months.
2.The abutment is a kind of adapter that bridges the gap between the implant, which is located below the gumline, and the crown, which is visible when you smile.
3.The crown is the visible portion of the implant, a ceramic prosthetic tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth.
If well-cared for, dental implants can last a very long time. In fact, the implant itself can easily last a lifetime. Crowns generally last up to 15 years, depending upon usage and wear and tear, but it’s possible for them to last longer with good oral hygiene. And remember, dental implants don’t require any special cleaning regimens, so these years are free of soaking and special diets.
If you are missing a tooth and have questions about dental implants, it’s time to learn more about dental implants. Please contact Desert Smiles today at 602-978-1790 to schedule your dental implants appointment in our Glendale office.