You may know briefly what dental implants are but, contrary to what people think, they are not just a matter of aesthetics. This treatment that replaces a damaged or missing tooth is essential for digestive health.
Of course aesthetics is important, and it is something that greatly affects people’s self-esteem, but it is very important to stress the importance of dental implants for health. When teeth are missing, the patient cannot chew properly and gastritis and other stomach ailments can occur.
On the other hand, when there is a gap in the teeth, the other teeth tend to move and close the gap. This can eventually lead to the loss of those teeth as well.
In summary, we could say that the general benefits of a dental implant are:
- It is a permanent and long lasting solution
- It is comfortable because it fits naturally
- It looks like natural teeth
- It does not affect the adjacent teeth, but helps them to settle into place.
- It hardly needs any further treatment
So, now that we know the importance of a dental implant, let’s move on to answer one of the most frequently asked questions our patients have about this type of treatment: how long does a dental implant last?
How long does a dental implant last? Let us clarify
A dental implant lasts on average between 15 and 25 years. These numbers can change depending on some factors. In most cases the implant fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration and remains in place as long as the jawbone is there. In these cases, the implant lasts for the life of the patient as long as it is properly maintained and dental check-ups are carried out.
If there is one thing that is clear about how long a dental implant lasts, it is that good hygiene will extend its life. Not taking care of the teeth will cause bacteria to accumulate on the surface of the implant and inflame the surrounding mucous membrane, called mucositis. This can progress to peri-implantitis, with inflammation and bone loss around the implant. Eventually it will loosen and fall out.
Dental implants we work with at Gross Dentistas
Now that we have clarified how long a dental implant lasts and the importance of having one, let’s move on to explain Gross Dentistas‘ technique for placing dental implants.
All-on-4 is an innovative technique that has emerged in recent years and which allows four consecutive dental pieces to be placed in a single intervention in a very minimally invasive way. In this way we can restore a complete set of teeth with only 4 dental implants.
It is placed in the same way as a classic implant:
- We apply local anaesthesia to drill the bone and fit the titanium screw that will be the root.
- We leave it to rest for 2 to 6 months for osseointegration to take place.
- Finally, we place a piece called an abutment on the screw and then the crown.
However, with All-in-4 there is a big difference in this whole process and that is that fixed prostheses can be placed after fitting the screw, making it less unsightly. In addition, the patient can speak and chew without any problems with these first prostheses.
The All-in-4 implants last as long as the others but are much less uncomfortable when they are placed, plus the process is so quick that it will not affect your image.