How Long Do Southampton Dental Implants Last?

June 8, 2018   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Dental

Dental Implant placement animationDental implants have been employed in dentistry for quite some time. They were first invented in the 1950s by Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish orthopaedic surgeon, during one of his experiments with metal grafts. Following on from this discovery, dental implants continued to develop and, in 1982, the concept of osseointegration was introduced and tooth replacement dentistry changed for good.

Most people choose dental implants because they are robust, durable and have excellent life expectancy. Southampton dental implants are available in a selection of dental practices, including Expert Implants, and make it easier for patients to almost completely regain their oral function. As a result, patients do not have to worry that dental implants will become loose over time, like dentures.

Are dental implants permanent?

Dental restorations of any kind are no guaranteed to be permanent the same as organic teeth are not. However, Southampton dental implants can have a lifespan of more than 25 years, provided that some conditions are met. Whether they last for longer than that, it depends on numerous factors such as:

  • A person’s oral care routine
  • The total number of missing teeth
  • The type of implant restoration
  • The prevalence of harmful habits such as teeth clenching or biting down on hard surfaces
  • The dentist’s experience level
  • The materials used
  • A patient’s general health and lifestyle.

Implant complications are unusual and often easy to resolve, yet patients with dental implants need to develop an effective oral health regime.

A common threat to dental implants is peri-implantitis, a type of gum disease that affects the soft tissue surrounding dental implants. Some patients fail to take good care of their dental implants on a daily basis, thinking that they will never develop cavities. However, if peri-implantitis occurs and is not treated on time, then implant failure is a likely outcome.

Do dental implants require replacement?

In general, most patients will not need to replace their dental implants during the lifetime. However, if implant failure occurs, whether as the result of bad oral hygiene or an infection, then dental implants should be replaced immediately. For optimal care and maintenance, brushing and flossing every day and visiting the dentist bi-annually are the best strategies.

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