Last time we discussed what Dental Implants are and the fact that they can be used to replace missing teeth in many different situations depending on the clinical case. A common misconception patients think is that once a Dental Implant is completed you don’t have to worry about looking after them as they are titanium and they will last forever. This in fact FALSE.
How long do Dental Implants last? Like with any other surgical implant (eg a hip replacement) there is no life time guarantee. How long they last depends on how well you look after them. If they are looked after well they will last you many years.
Once a dental implant is in place and the correct healing period has occurred continuous care and maintenance by the patient is necessary to ensure longevity of the Dental Implant.
What do I mean by that? It means that you need to treat the Dental Implant as you would do a natural tooth to make sure it lasts. Dental Implants can still fail if not looked after properly and also certain medical conditions may be a higher risk factor that affect the longevity. So this means you need to brush effectively around your dental implant crown; you need to clean inbetween the implant crown and very importantly around the gum line of the dental implant; and you must see your dental hygienist and dentist as often as they recommend to ensure continual health and maintenance of your teeth and gums.
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