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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

If you’re suffering from tooth loss in Oklahoma City, you’re probably wondering about the best method of replacing missing teeth. Tooth loss can cause serious health issues, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we specialize in dental implants in Oklahoma City. You may be wondering if dental implants are right for you.

You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers! In this article, we’ll take a look at dental implants, and discuss how long they last, their benefits, and more.

Loose Dentures?

Dental implants can be the solution for dentures that won’t stay in your mouth or are constantly moving when you eat.

Dentures typically give you 10-15% of the function of natural teeth. With the addition of 4-6 implants you can regain up to 85-90% of the function that you had from natural teeth!!

Even with as few as 2-4 implants you can gain much more stability and function with your dentures.

Want more taste in your food? With the addition of dental implants not only can you eat better tasting, healthier foods like steak and chicken. You will get more taste because with the support of dental implants less of your mouth will be covered up by the denture allowing you to taste more of the foods you eat.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants consist of two primary parts. A post or screw, made of titanium, is implanted where the root of your missing tooth used to be. This post has an abutment that sticks out beyond the gumline.

After the implant is placed and it has integrated with the surrounding bone and jaw tissue, a crown is built to mimic the size and shape of your original tooth. The crown is then cemented on the abutment. This restores your smile with the closest thing we can give you to a natural new tooth.

Success rates for dental implants are over 95%. Therefore, dental implants can last you the rest of your life, making them a great long-term tooth replacement solution.

Why Do Dental Implants Last So Long?

Dental implants last so long because of their design. The implant that’s placed in your mouth mimics the location and function of your natural tooth root when it integrates with your jaw bone.

This means that dental implants can stand up to the pressure of chewing and biting. In addition, dental implants are made of titanium and cannot decay. That means no cavities! Titanium is a bioinert material which means our bodies do not reject the implants being placed. No stress is placed on adjacent teeth, unlike in dental bridges.

Dental implants also help maintain the bone in your jaw that would otherwise be lost over time due to the loss of your tooth.  hen cared for properly with a good oral hygiene regimen, and regular 6-month visits to Crossroads Family Dentistry dental implants can be a great long term solution.

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

Beyond being a great long-term solution for tooth loss, dental implants have a wide variety of other benefits.

  • Requires no specialized care – You don’t have to take any special steps to treat your dental implant. Simply brush and floss normally. That’s it! Unlike dentures and dental bridges, caring for your dental implant is straightforward and uncomplicated.
  • Prevents bone, jaw tissue, and gum loss – Tooth loss can cause the loss of bone  over time. Dentures that are not supported by implants can cause more rapid bone loss. Dental bridges can get cavities around the bridge due to the difficulty in keeping them clean.  Dental implants on the other hand, can be a solution to prevent these issues from happening, making them a better long-term choice.
  • Feels normal and natural – Dental implants feel like a natural tooth, unlike alternative treatments such as dentures and dental bridges. Dental implants also help stabilize your teeth, and provide you with a healthier bite.
  • Better long term investment – Dentures usually require replacement every 5-7 years, and dental bridges may need to be replaced every 10-15 years. Because of this, a dental implant has a lower lifetime cost making it a better in the long run.

Come To Our Family Dentist In Oklahoma City – Learn More About Dental Implants!

At our Oklahoma City dentistry practice, Dr. Dais, Dr. Underwood, and Dr. Faulconer are experts in the restoration and placement of dental implants. Our doctors have over 50 years of combined experience, making Crossroads Family Dental the best choice for you!

So come to our family and pediatric dentistry practice in Oklahoma City for a consult today. Our professional dentists will examine your mouth, and help you determine whether or not dental implants are the proper treatment and solution for replacing your missing teeth.

Call for a consultation at (405) 631-0322, or come to our office in Oklahoma City, at 8101 S Walker, Suite  D, Oklahoma City, OK 73139. We look forward to seeing you, and discussing your treatment options!

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