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How long do implants last?


graphic of dental implants.When considering the life of a dental implant, it is best to remember what exactly the implant is. A dental implant is not a replacement tooth, but the connecting piece between the false tooth and bone. It is a metal post that we sink into the jawbone which is then bonded to the bone as the bone heals and grows around it. A dental implant is considered a permanent restoration with a long record of success, in fact it has been reported as the most successful long term dental restoration. With that information, there are factors that can limit success. Working with our staff at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, we can provide you the information and tips you need to increase success.

Studies have indicated that the lifespan of a dental implant is about 25 years, and many patients have far surpassed that. Dental implants are generally considered to be a permanent root replacement option, though the patient may need to change the prosthetic, such as a dental crown or bridge following a period of time. Dental implants rarely encounter damage. They can withstand both normal chewing and biting pressure without breakage because they are firmly attached to the jawbone.

Implant Preparation


Your consultation and the preparatory steps we take can improve the success of your implants. During that time we will review your dental needs, your available bone mass, and your medical needs. We may need to take steps such as:
•  Reduce Inflammation: If the patient has chronic periodontitis, this means that they have an active bacterial infection in their mouth. We will want to help the patient gain control of this infection and reduce inflammation.
•  Determine Bone Health: Some dental implants require sufficient bone to sink the implant in to. We may determine that a bone graft is needed before the implant can be placed. Implant procedures that don’t require a bone graft include the All-on-4® Treatment Concept and mini implants.
•  Ability to Heal: There are conditions that can limit the rate of healing. The patient needs to be able to heal at a reasonable rate before placement. Conditions such as diabetes, cancer and certain medications can slow your rate of healing. Additionally, smoking tobacco products and marijuana can reduce your rate of healing. None of these conditions eliminate your candidacy, but we may need to discuss options with you or your physician to increase healing.

Dental implants today come with a variety of options including: mini implants, traditional titanium implants, non-metallic ceramic implants, and longer implants for the All on 4 full dental bridge. The type of implant you need is based on the prosthetic being used and where it is being placed. We can discuss these options and more.

Through proper planning and ongoing evaluation, our team at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC can help you have success with long term dental implants. Restoring missing teeth can improve your bite, your speech, keep neighboring teeth in place, and improve your self confidence. For more information, contact our Hattiesburg office at (601) 255-9929.

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