How Long Full Mouth Dental Implants Last
Dental implants may be the greatest full mouth teeth replacement option out there. The new teeth are more durable, less prone to breakage, shinier, and they are inserted directly into your jaw. You care for them the same way you do your original teeth, and the best part is; with proper care you may never need to replace them again.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth which are surgically inserted your jaw. The process takes somewhere between 3-6 months from beginning to end, but afterwards you have sturdy, durable, beautiful replacement teeth that protect your jaw and gums from infection.
If you are looking to replace your teeth with full mouth dental implants, make this clear when you schedule your dentist appointment. They will need a thorough scan of your entire dental health history record. They will also need to take current x rays to gauge the health of your underlying bone and gum structure. Make sure you both understand what caused the initial tooth loss, and be prepared to change your dental care habits. Even though these replacement teeth are sturdy, you will need to care for your gums to keep them strong.
Through the exposed areas of your gums, left from the original tooth loss, your dentist or dental surgeon will make a small incision and place an anchor implant. This piece will occupy the space in between your gums and your jaw, and create a bond that allows your new teeth to be supported. As the tissues of your gums and jawbone are stimulated they grow around the implant, making it very strong. This process is known as osseointegration, and it is the thing that separates dental implants from other replacement options. Implants stimulate bone growth and support a healthy jaw structure, whereas some other tooth replacement options simply protect the gums.
The teeth portion of dental implants are called crowns, and they are attached to the anchor through an abutment piece. This protects the implant from any sort of movement once it is attached. No matter the scenario, if your implant is loose or moving, see your dentist soon. It may be the first sign that there is an issue.
How do you care for Full Mouth Dental Implants?
Dental implants need to be cared for exactly the same as your original teeth. Because of their placement, they should not be removed or altered unless your dentist chooses to professionally. You should brush your teeth and gums often, and especially after meals. You should floss after every meal. Consciously follow the contours of your teeth down to the gumline, through each tooth. Use mouthwash for harder to reach areas, or large surfaces like your cheeks and the roof of your mouth. See your dentist regularly to check in on the health of your implants, your gums, and your jaw.
Replace teeth promptly to avoid further tooth loss. Missing teeth beget more missing teeth.