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If you are missing or losing a tooth or have struggled for any amount of time with your current dentures or bridge, you may be wondering: what are dental implants, and how long do they last? Good news: dental implants can be a permanent tooth replacement solution that can last for the rest of your life!

What Are Dental Implants?

The first component of a dental implant is a titanium cylinder that your dentist inserts into your jaw. They then place a crown onto the implant or use the implant as an attachment for your loose dentures.  Usually, a dentist uses two or more implants when attaching them to a denture.

Dental Implants: Pros and Cons

One of the greatest benefits of dental implants is how long they last. With good oral hygiene and routine dental care, dental implants are a long-lasting tooth replacement solution. The dental implant crown may eventually need to be replaced but can last over 20 years with proper care. Dental implants mimic the look and feel of real teeth and provide stability and support for eating and speaking, just like natural teeth. This is a huge benefit over other tooth replacement solutions, such as dentures or bridges, which can slip, make eating and speaking difficult, and irritate the gums and mouth.

Dental implants have a 95% success rate, and with proper care, you can minimize risk factors to avoid loss of the implant. As with any dental procedure, there are considerations to talk about with your dentist. Individuals with healthy gums are the best candidates for dental implants, so good oral health is necessary for the implant to be successful.

You may wonder if your dental insurance covers implants. Fortunately, many insurance plans do cover some dental implant costs, so it’s a great idea to discuss the procedure with your dental insurance company before starting the process.

What Happens During a Dental Implant Procedure?

The first step is to meet with your dentist to ensure you are a good candidate for a dental implant procedure. At Pinnacle Dental Associates, we will assess your current oral health and see if you are a good candidate. Once any necessary procedures are complete, we will insert the implant into or onto your jawbone. The implant heals to the jawbone through a process called osteointegration and takes three to four months. Once that is finished, we can then place a crown on it or attach them to a denture.

Dental implants’ longevity makes them a great option for those needing one or more tooth replacements. If you have considered dental implants or how long they can last, you can rest assured that they are a solution that can last for a lifetime! If dental implants seem like the right fit for you, contact us at Pinnacle Dental Associates at (541) 928-9299, and check out our website for more information.