Without a crystal ball, we cannot predict the length of time your dentistry will last. So much depends on how well you care for your implants, your unique biology, and how healthy your bone is. We take all of these factors into consideration when deciding whether implants will work for you, but we cannot predict some things.
Taking care of your dental implants once we place them is essential to their longevity and health. That means brushing and flossing twice daily at home. Dental implants are convenient and you take care of them very much how you would take care of your natural teeth.
Your mouth is full of bacteria and allowing bacteria to sit too long on your teeth and gums leads to infection. No matter how diligent your home care is, you can never remove all of the plaque and calculus you acquire. Keeping your professional dental cleaning appointments and exams is essential to all of your dentistry, your oral health, and your implants.
Your dental exams will give Dr. Grizzle a heads up if something is wrong not only for your implant, but also for your bone, bite, and natural teeth. Dr. Grizzle will always check your dentistry to make sure it is holding up like it should.