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ON January 21st, 2021 BY jhovan / 0 COMMENT
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Dental implants are increasingly becoming the primary option for teeth replacement. These durable implants act like teeth in both form and function.

They’re also immune to cavities and don’t affect neighboring teeth. The question on your mind may be, “Can dental implants last forever?” Let’s find out.

The History Of Dental Implants

History has shown that dental implants have been in existence in the world for a long time.

Records show that people used bamboo pegs to replace missing teeth even in 2000 BC. In 1000 BC, an Egyptian Pharaoh had a copper peg placed in his mouth—the first recorded metal dental implant.

In 300 BC, archeologists then discovered an iron tooth in a Celtic grave in France. Other remains showcased implants ranging from seashells to rare gems.

The methods performed in implanting the materials used by ancient people could have been painful.

After all, many dental professionals believed that there was no method to make the implants painless, and the placement of the discovered implants was likely done after death.

Experiments on using certain metals as implants started in the 18th century. Many were unsuccessful as the metals did not fare well in the body long term.

A lot of them failed because the bodies of the recipients rejected the material.

It was only in 1952 that a Swedish orthopedic surgeon made the first successful dental implant.

Titanium was the metal that the body didn’t reject, and it also wasn’t prone to corrosion like other metals were.

Implants have improved drastically to what we have today since then.

Are Dental Implants Permanent?

So how long does dental implants last?

Dental implants are a permanent solution (almost) to replace missing teeth. They last for decades and can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.

As the name suggests, these implants are placed on your mouth the same way teeth are.

These implants are also made to match your natural teeth, and it’s often difficult to see the difference.

Replacing Dental Implants - Tiger Smile Family DentistryThe truth about dental implants is that they have a 98% success rate. The 2% failure rate is often caused by negligence.

Dental implant replacement happens when a complication occurs. On the other hand, there are true prosthetic teeth replacements that offer lifetime guarantee dental implants.

With proper dental care and maintenance, you can reap the benefits of your dental implant.

Before you’re given an implant, your dentist will check if your gums are healthy and if your bones can hold the implant during a consultation.

Complications can arise if you have an illness or have recently gone through therapy.

Tiger Smile Dentist Showing Artificial Dental Implants

The Necessity Of Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a slew of benefits. Some of the advantages you can get include:

  • Better appearance: having complete teeth will improve your looks and smile. Missing teeth can end up making unwanted changes to your appearance.
  • Higher self-esteem: you no longer need to be conscious about smiling or showing your teeth. You’ll transition to being comfortable with yourself and get a confidence boost.
  • Oral health improvement: implants don’t rely on other teeth to stay intact. They don’t have metal wires that can make it difficult to brush and floss.
  • Improved speech: unlike dentures, implants don’t affect how you speak because of an improper fit. Dentures can slip and cause slurring or poor diction. Implants will improve your speech as they’ll stay intact.
  • Better eating experience: you won’t have to worry about damaging your implant or experiencing pain. You can eat all your favorite food and chew without difficulty.

The Dental Implant Process

Your dentist will recommend the best implant options available for you and explain the procedure to you. Here is how things will generally go:

  1. The dentist places a titanium implant in the bone socket of the missing tooth. It can go deep into your jaw. The jawbone will heal in 6–12 weeks, securing the metal in the jaw.Missing Tooth Preparing for Dental Implant - Tiger Smile Dentistry
  2. The dentist attaches an abutment to the post after healing. This abutment will hold the new tooth.
  3. He then constructs a mold of your bite to inspect your teeth’s arrangement and structure. A new tooth is based on this model to match the color and look.
  4. It’ll start to function like the rest after the attachment of the teeth.

People rarely feel any pain during the process, thanks to anesthesia. The most you’ll feel is a little discomfort. Many who’ve gone through the process say that tooth extraction is more painful than an implant.

You may feel soreness after and have to take pain medications to lessen the discomfort.

You take care of the implants as you would take care of real teeth. You brush, floss, and use a mouthwash.

You also have to continue having a regular check up with your trusted dentist.

Can dental implants last forever? Yes, as long as you take care of them.

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