Dental implants, considered the gold standard for tooth replacement by most dentists, can last for several years and even for life. However, longevity depends on many factors, and your dentist in Fort Collins, CO will discuss best practices with you based on your unique case.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are unique in that they replace your root and your tooth. This is exclusive to dental implants and not found with any other tooth-replacement option.
Your dentist surgically implants your artificial tooth root. Then, the titanium root integrates to your bone across several months and becomes a permanent part of your anatomy. When this happens, you’re ready for a replacement tooth, often referred to as a dental crown. Your Fort Collins implant dentist can also place two to six implant posts to fix a prosthetic like a dental bridge or denture.
Tips for Increasing Dental Implant Longevity
With regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings—along with an excellent at-home routine—your dental implant (replacement root) can last a lifetime. However, the crown may need eventual replacement—on average after 10 to 15 years because they are subject to the same wear and tear of natural teeth.
Dental implants cannot decay, but like natural teeth, they require care for longevity. Treat your dental implants as you would treat natural teeth to extend the life of your new smile. And, again, like natural teeth, never use your implants as a tool—twisting off bottle caps, for example.
Learn Whether Dental Implants Are Right for You
Start your journey to a new smile with a comprehensive consultation in our Fort Collins Dental office. Your dentist can assess your jaw health and talk to you about any needed pretreatments or whether you’re already ready for implants!
Schedule Your Consultation for Dental Implants in Fort Collins, CO
We offer various tooth replacement options and will be happy to discuss these options during your implant consultation. So call today to get started.