Dental implants are ideal for patients who have missing teeth and want to completely replace them. An implant is surgically placed underneath the gum line and into the bone to create a fully secured abutment for crowns, fixed bridges and even dentures. Because dental implants require surgery, many patients are concerned about what to expect with the procedure and whether or not the implant will need to be replaced at some point in the future.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are made out of surgical-grade titanium and are surgically placed underneath the gum line and into the bone. Small holes within these implant rods allow for the appliance to fuse naturally with the jaw bone over the course of three to six months. Once healed, a crown, fixed bridge or denture can be fitted on top of the implant to create a full, beautiful smile. The procedure itself is quick and considering how long implants last, the three to six month heal time is short in comparison to the benefits you’ll receive from the implants that have been placed.
Do Dental Implants Need to Be Replaced?
Dental implants are made out of surgical-grade titanium and meant to last a lifetime. They are incredibly durable and long-lasting, so they can withstand quite a lot of force and pressure. You should never have to replace your dental implants once they have healed and fused with the bone. However, you will need to replace the appliances that are placed on top of the implant, such as the crowns, bridge work and dentures. The implant itself will last a lifetime without the need for replacement or adjustment.
It is important that even though implants are permanent that you still come into the office to have routine examinations. In the event that there is a problem with the implant, this will be caught during your routine preventative examinations. The reason most patients choose dental implants over other options is because they are completely permanent and require no replacing. You can think of your dental implant as a lifelong investment that will be there to provide you with a full smile no matter your age. Most healthy adults can have dental implants placed, so be sure to have a consultation with Dr. Gurinsky to begin the process of having them placed and for you to begin benefiting from what they can do for you.