Closeup of a dental implant as a permanent tooth replacement solution

Are Dental Implants Permanent?

February 20, 2021 8:46 am Published by

A dental implant is a natural-looking and reliable tooth replacement solution. In this blog post, discover if this tooth replacement is considered permanent.

What Is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants consist of a biocompatible titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone, then topped with a dental crown, bridge, or dentures.

During surgery, a small incision will be made in the gums where the implant is going to be. Then a hole is drilled into the jawbone and the titanium post is placed. Over the course of several months, the post will fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This secures the implant so it can act as a stable replacement tooth root.

What Is the Process to Get Dental Implants?

It must first be determined whether a patient is a good candidate for dental implant surgery. They need a strong jawbone and healthy gums to support the implant. Additionally, they must commit to superb oral healthcare habits. If you are a good candidate, we will discuss payment options and how to promote a smooth recovery after surgery.

Are Dental Implants Permanent?

Dental implants are considered a permanent tooth replacement solution. Titanium is incredibly durable and tends to last a patient for the rest of their life. However, the accompanying restoration may need to be replaced due to typical wear and tear.

Can a Dental Implant Fail?

Although rare, it is possible for the implant to be rejected by the body, in which case it will need to be removed as soon as possible. Signs of implant failure include pain, difficulty biting down and eating, swollen gums, and gum recession around the implant.

If an implant needs to be removed, a new implant may be able to placed after the area has had enough time to heal. In other cases, a bone graft is needed to add more jawbone density or the patient will be encouraged to go with a traditional bridge or denture.

Consult with Our Team!

To care for your dental implant, visit Chandler Dental Center every six months for routine checkups and maintain good oral health habits at home. Should you ever experience problems with your dental implant, such as your crown becoming loose, please let us know so we can fix it.

Contact our team today for additional information about dental implants, the process to get them, or how to care for them.

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