When you lose a tooth (or multiple teeth), it can lead to a number of issues immediately. Depending on where the missing tooth is, it could present an aesthetic issue that could result in you hiding your smile. Beyond appearance, if the missing tooth is a molar, you could also run into issues with daily functions like chewing your food for proper nutrition. There can also be some long-term oral health issues that arise due to missing teeth, including shifting teeth and jawbone degradation.
In short, getting a missing tooth replaced is highly important. Dr. Evelyn Maggos and the team at Park Dental Care, serving Carol Stream and Winfield, Illinois, can help you get a new dental implant. We work together with skilled surgeons to ensure the success of the surgical placement of each implant. Are dental implants permanent? Let’s read on to find out.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Before we look into the longevity of a dental implant, it is essential to understand what a dental implant is and how it holds certain advantages over other tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges.
A dental implant consists of three components: the implant post, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth. The post is the piece that is surgically implanted into your jawbone. The abutment attaches to the post and allows the tooth prosthetic (usually a dental crown) to be attached.
What separates the dental implant from other tooth replacement options is that it replaces the tooth both above and below the gumline. When it is surgically implanted in the jawbone, a process called osseointegration takes place. During this process, the jawbone fuses and bonds to the implant, creating an incredibly sturdy and strong anchor, providing full functionality from the implant. Because the implant replaces the missing tooth’s root, the health of your jawbone will remain intact.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Last?
A dental implant should last you a lifetime. After several years, you will likely need to get the crown replaced. However, the implanted post should not need to be replaced. This is assuming you take care of your oral health and follow your dentist’s instructions.