Avondale Dental Centre

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

March 30, 2022
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Posted By: Avondale Dental Centre
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Are you looking into tooth replacement options? Perhaps you've got an upcoming tooth extraction, but you'd like to improve your oral health afterwards by replacing the tooth. At Avondale Dental Centre, we want our patients to reap the benefits of their procedures for as long as possible. Those eligible for dental implants can expect excellent, long-lasting results with proper care and upkeep.

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant consists of a titanium screw placed through the gums and into the jawbone. This titanium screw sets and stimulates healthy bone growth to create a solid base for a dental implant. After the healing process, our dentist can place an incredibly life-like dental crown on top of the screw. We can also use dental implants in 'implant-supported dentures' to avoid any slippage and maximise functionality.

Dental Implants in the 1026 Area

Every patient's mouth is different, but dental implants can last for years with enough healthy jawbone and proper upkeep! Various factors affect the teeth and oral health before and after a dental implant procedure. For this reason, we determine eligibility for dental implants through initial consultations with our professional staff at Avondale Dental Centre. We can determine if dental implants are a feasible tooth replacement option that will serve you for years to come.

Boost The Longevity of Your Dental Implants

Even if your oral health allows for dental implants, there are several things you can do to maximise the longevity of your treatment. Some simple practices include:

  • Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly
  • Avoiding hard or acidic foods that could damage your dental crown
  • Wear a mouthguard while playing sports
  • Avoid smoking tobacco products
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups

The better your overall oral health, the longer your dental implants can last!

Does it hurt to have dental implants placed?

The actual procedure to surgically place a dental implant is done under local anesthesia and is generally not at all painful. When the anesthesia wears off about three or four hours later, you might expect some discomfort. The level of discomfort is quite different from patient to patient, but most patients do not have significant problems.

In cases where there is prolonged pain, you should see your dentist right away. Prolonged pain is not a good sign with dental implants and although it does not always mean failure, the cause of the pain should be determined as soon as possible. If an implant is not properly integrating into the adjacent bone or if an infection develops, the implant may have to be removed.

What are the alternatives to dental implants?

The alternatives to implants are dentures or bridges and find out more here. On the other hand, you may choose to simply accept the space where a tooth is missing.

A denture usually includes a metal and/or plastic base carrying plastic or porcelain artificial teeth. It is a removable replacement for a few missing teeth (partial denture) or a whole set of teeth (complete dentures). Dentures are very common but they can become loose, making it difficult to eat and speak. One or more implants can be fitted to help support and retain a denture.

Contact Our Dental Clinic in Avondale

If you searched for 'dental clinics near me,' you've come to the right place! We welcome new and existing patients to arrange initial consultations with our staff for more information on what procedures can boost their oral health. You can book online or call us on 09-828 7484 for more details.

Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.
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