Having a full set of healthy, natural teeth is an expectation that most adults have. We don’t often look into the future and see ourselves needing tooth replacement. This is interesting, considering the evidence that suggests most people will need one or more teeth replaced at some point. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry has stated that over 50% of men aged 74 and older have lost approximately 12 teeth.
As much as we’d love for all of our patients to keep all of their natural teeth for life, we know there are no guarantees. Because tooth loss may happen, we believe in being prepared with optimal treatment. Dental implants enable us to replace missing teeth in a way that nearly gives natural teeth a run for their money. Here, we discuss how the structure of titanium implant posts and ceramic teeth compares to natural roots and teeth.
Natural teeth are susceptible to decay; there’s no way around that fact. As an implant dentist with years of clinical practice performing dental implant treatment, Dr. Goldberg has seen the correlation between widespread decay and the need for tooth replacement. Often, by the time patients visit the dentist to receive dental implants, they have suffered chronic oral pain for years. Understandably, then, their transition into full-arch tooth replacement with dental implants and lifelike crowns or bridges is a life-changing event.
The surgical-grade titanium from which implant posts are made is resistant to all types of corrosion, including cavities. Ceramic crowns and bridges look just like natural teeth, but they won’t get cavities either. Implant patients do still need to take good care of their oral health, though; the risk of gum disease never goes away completely.
Implants can Last a Lifetime
Dental implants have been used for more than half a century now. As this technique has become more familiar, more dentists are performing the procedure. This has allowed scientists to study the long-term value of dental implants as a form of tooth replacement. At this point, we can see that dental implants can last 30+ years when oral care is sustained.