The Lifespan of Dental Implants – What to Expect

Published on May 17th, 2024

Have you ever wondered about dental implants and how they work to restore your smile? At Family Dental Care in Chicago and Waukegan, we’re here to guide you through understanding dental implants, a fantastic solution for missing teeth.

Dental implants are small, strong posts usually made from titanium that serve as the stable foundation for artificial teeth. When you lose a tooth, not only does your smile change, but it can also affect how you eat and speak.

Implants are placed directly into your jawbone, where they bond with the natural bone, acting just like the tooth root of a natural tooth. This process, known as osseointegration, provides a sturdy base for supporting artificial teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

The procedure for getting an implant can vary, but dental implant surgery generally involves a few key steps.

  • First, the implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone.
  • Over the next several months, the implant will fuse with the jawbone in a process that ensures it’s securely anchored.
  • After this healing process, a connector, known as an abutment, is placed on top of the implant to hold the new tooth.
  • Finally, the artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the abutment, resulting in a beautifully restored smile.

Image of a dental implant showing the implant that has been placed in the gum, the abutment that will be placed into the implant, and the crown or artificial tooth that will be attached to the abutment.

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Dental implants involve a surgical procedure, so some discomfort is typical following the treatment. However, during the procedure itself, pain is generally managed effectively with local anesthesia, and sometimes sedation, to ensure that you are comfortable and pain-free.

Post-surgery, it’s common to experience some soreness, swelling, and occasionally bruising around the implant site. These symptoms are usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as recommended by your dentist. Your dentist may also prescribe pain medication or antibiotics to prevent infection and manage discomfort.

Most patients report that the discomfort associated with getting dental implants is less than they anticipated, and it can be likened to the sensation experienced after a tooth extraction. Proper care and following your dentist’s post-operative instructions can help minimize discomfort and aid in a smooth recovery.

Tips for Implant Care

Caring for implants isn’t much different from caring for your natural teeth. Here are some tips to help ensure your implants last as long as possible:

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss – brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and use an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your gums healthy.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit Family Dental Care for regular check-ups and cleanings. These visits allow us to monitor the health of your implants and the surrounding tissue.
  • Avoid Hard Foods: While implants are incredibly strong, it’s wise to avoid chewing on hard items like ice or hard candy, which can damage the crown.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is their durability. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are designed to be a long-lasting solution for tooth loss, offering greater stability than other tooth replacement options. Because they are integrated into your jaw, they help to preserve the jawbone and prevent bone loss, contributing to their longevity and your overall oral health.

Making Beautiful Smiles at Family Dental Care

Are you considering dental implants? At Family Dental Care in Chicago and Waukegan, we provide a caring and nurturing atmosphere, ensuring each patient feels comfortable and supported throughout their dental journey.

Schedule your initial consultation today with one of our implant dentists, and let us help you restore your smile and confidence. In Chicago call us at 773-528-0068 and in Waukegan you can reach us by calling 847-360-1610.

Our team at Family Dental Care is dedicated to providing you with the best care possible, and we hope you’ll reach out to us today!

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Chicago, IL 60657
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