The benefits of dental implants are widespread. There is simply no better solution for a missing tooth because dental implants help restore the appearance, the function, and the overall health of your smile. Yet another benefit of dental implants is that they are long lasting. In fact, with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Why? This has to do with the osseointegration process. When a tooth is lost, the root of the tooth leaves a large opening in the jaw bone. Over time, this opening may widen due to the natural processes of the bones, leaving the adjacent teeth at risk for destabilization and loss. When the lost tooth is replaced with a dental implant, the same natural processes allow the implant to be securely and permanently embedded in the jaw bone through osseointegration. Many times, the dental implant may be more securely rooted into the jawbone than natural teeth. This process ensures that the adjacent teeth are well supported and that the jaw bone itself is strengthened.
With time, the crown that is placed on the dental implant may need adjustment or replacement. The lifespan of the crown depends on overall dental hygiene, as well as normal wear and tear. The type of tooth that is replaced by your dental implant can also affect the lifespan of the crown—as molars are more susceptible to wear due to heavier use.
If you live in Vienna, or anywhere in Northern Virginia, and you would like to learn more about dental implants, please call Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chung.