Dental implants can bring back the strength and appearance of damaged and missing teeth, without anyone realizing you have them. A metal post, implanted into your jaw, replaces the root of your tooth. It’s then topped with a natural-looking crown, or in some cases a bridge or dentures. While dental implants are sturdy enough to use just like you use the rest of your teeth, not all the parts last forever.

Our team at EZ Dental Clinic in Bellevue, Washington has extensive experience in providing dental implants, allowing you to regain the health of your jaw and a more confident smile. Take a few moments to learn more about these devices, including how long you can expect yours to last.

Durability of dental implant parts

The dental implant itself, the small screw-like post that acts as a root, is something you’ll never really see. Once it’s fused securely with your jaw, this portion of your new tooth or teeth can last indefinitely. The implant is topped by a small fixture called an abutment, which secures the titanium “root” to the crown. The abutment, too, is quite durable.

The crown that tops each implant is more vulnerable to cracks and breaks, however. Dental crowns can accumulate wear-and-tear over time or fall prey to the effects of a sudden injury — from a blow to your mouth to biting down on nuts or hard candy. In general, crowns have a life expectancy of up to 20 years. Once any damage occurs, we can replace your crown.

Getting the most from your dental implants

Whether you have one or several dental implants, good hygiene habits are important. Not only will taking care of your teeth and implants bolster your dental health, but your implant will last longer.

Helpful habits to embrace include:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Flossing well once a day, including under the edges of each implant
  • Scheduling routine dental cleanings
  • Scheduling an exam if you notice any signs of crown damage

Gently flossing beneath the edges of your implant, between the crown and your gums, is important for keeping food particles from gathering and fueling plaque buildup, which can lead to infections and tissue damage in the area. When you floss, imagine you’re forming a small “C” shape, down the side of an implant, then slightly under it, on both sides.

To learn more about dental implants or get the care you need, call EZ Dental Clinic at 425-746-6090, or request an appointment through our website. We would love to help you create the smile you desire while keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

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