Can Implants Really Last a Lifetime?
People are skeptical when we say that implants can last a lifetime, but it’s true. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for decades.
Large clinical studies show that more than 90% of implants last over 20 years. Smaller studies show similar life out to 30 years. Anecdotal evidence exists that some people have implants for over 50 years.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants function like natural teeth because they are like natural teeth. Like natural teeth, they have two distinct regions: a root that is designed to bond to your jawbone, and a crown that is made to be attractive and functional.
With most implants, the root is made of titanium. Titanium has the special power to bond directly with your bone. It’s also strong enough to withstand the forces of biting and chewing. Plus, it makes a strong coating on the outside so it doesn’t rust apart.
The crown is made of high-strength ceramics that can also stand up to strong bite force but is attractive and natural-looking. If you’re replacing multiple teeth, we might use bridges instead of crowns, but they’re still made of highly durable materials.
How Long Does it Take to Complete a Dental Implant Procedure?
It takes 8 months from start to finish to complete the dental implant procedure if you require a tooth extraction first. For patients who don’t need an extraction, the entire process only takes 4 months. The actual dental implant procedure itself only takes about 5 minutes to complete.
Pain During the Procedure and Recovery?
Most patients report only minimal pain during the healing process.
How Long is a Typical Recovery Time?
Full recovery from surgery takes about a week but patients can resume eating normally the same day as their procedure.
When Can Normal Eating Habits Resume After Dental Implant Surgery?
We recommend avoiding crunchy or seedy foods for the first week.
What is The Best Option, Bridges or Implants?
One question we get a lot is whether people should choose dental bridges or implants to replace their teeth. It depends on their situation. Dental bridges can work, and they are very good in some situations. But they don’t stimulate your jawbone the way implants do, and they’re not as likely to last a lifetime. Plus, dental bridges depend on your teeth for support, which can sometimes put the supporting teeth at risk.
Best Tooth Replacement in Spokane Valley
If you have lost one or more teeth in Spokane Valley and want to replace them, let us help. Please call (509) 927-2273 today for an appointment with a Spokane Valley implant dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics