Dental implants are designed to last for years.
If cared for properly, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Their durability is one of the many reasons we recommend dental implants to patients who are candidates for the procedure. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they are long-term, cost effective solutions for many patients.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants are “built to last and considered “more predictable” than other treatments to repair or replace missing teeth, including bridgework, removable appliances and retreatment of failing root canal (endodontic) therapy.”
How can I make my dental implants last longer?
While the foundation of your dental implant is extremely durable, there are some factors that will impact the lifespan of your implant and your overall dental health.
How well you take care of your dental implants plays a key role making your dental implants last longer.
- Brush and floss daily
- Visit Dr. Simone or Dr. Lowe every six months for your regular dental exam and cleaning. We will check your dental implants at each appointment.
- As we recommend for all of your teeth, avoid biting on extremely hard items, like pen tips, hard candy, etc., and do not use your teeth as a tool to open things.
- Take care of your body. Your overall health and lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise play a significant role in your dental health.
What complications occur with dental implants and how do I know if I need to repair or replace my dental implant?
Replacing a dental implant is not common. Complications with your dental implant are rare and can usually be resolved easily. Patients frequently ask “what can go wrong with dental implants?” If you develop an infection or damage the dental implant in some way, you may need to replace or repair it.
At The Grove City Center for Dentistry, Dr. Simone and Dr. Lowe will examine your teeth, jawbone and gums to identify any issues of concern at your regular dental exam and cleaning.
Some dental implant complications include:
- Numbness, pain or tingling in your gum area near the implant
- An infection around or near the dental implant area may cause a loose dental implant
- Development of sinus problems with dental implant placed in upper jaw
- Development of peri-implantitus due to inflammation and infection caused by bacteria and periodontal disease.
Essentially, dental implants are built to last a lifetime. If you think you are experiencing complications with your dental implants, be sure to contact Dr. Simone and Dr. Lowe immediately.