How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
A Grand Dental Blog Post by Dr. Eric Benefield
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
If you’re considering a dental implant or have recently received one, you’re probably wondering how long your new dental implant is going to last.
Whether you’ve lost a tooth due to an accident, decay, or some other reason, dental implants can be a long-term solution—if you take proper care of them. A dental implant, once it’s in your mouth and your bone has healed around it, should last for a long, long time.
This is provided you maintain it well, much like you would take care of your natural teeth. Dr. Benefield says there are many dental implants that can last a lifetime.
The Importance of Dental Hygiene on Dental Implants
Like anything else in life that you value, taking care of your dental implant is crucial. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups will go a long way in ensuring the longevity of your implant. Dr. Benefield emphasizes, “The most important thing to remember is taking care of it.”
Good Practices for Dental Implant Care
- Brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
- Floss daily to get rid of any food particles or plaque
- Visit the dental hygienist regularly for a professional cleaning
A Piece of Equipment in Your Mouth
Dr. Benefield makes an excellent analogy when he compares a dental implant to a piece of equipment in your home. Just like any piece of equipment in our house, the better you take care of it, the longer it will last. Maintaining a dental implant is no different than maintaining any valuable item you possess. Dr. Benefield suggests that apart from your day-to-day dental hygiene, having professional dental cleanings and check-ups are a part of extending the life of your dental implant.
A dental implant is a significant investment in both time and money. Still, according to Dr. Benefield, if you take proper care of it, “you have nothing to worry about as far as longevity. It will last a long, long time.”
The key to having a long-lasting dental implant is essentially down to good hygiene and regular dental visits. So, if you’re contemplating a dental implant or already have one, make a commitment today to prioritize its care.
At Grand Dental in Grand Junction, CO, Dr. Benefield and our team are always here to guide you in making the best choices for your dental health. From dental implant procedures to regular maintenance, we’ve got you covered for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.
Looking for more advice on dental implants or any other dental concerns? Feel free to contact us or schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Benefield at Grand Dental today.
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