How Durable Are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants ImageDental implants are undoubtedly an investment in terms of money and time. But perhaps the reason why they are worth both is their results -- including their ability to last a lifetime. When you invest in one or more dental implants, you naturally want to ensure you will get an excellent return on your investment. When performed on the correct patient, dental implants at Dr. Agabegi’s Paoli dentist office are both long-lasting and durable.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are tooth replacements designed to replace the natural tooth structures, namely the tooth root and tooth itself. The implants themselves are surgically placed into the jawbone, where the bone starts to grow around the implant. A connecting piece called an abutment is then attached to the dental implant. A dental crown used to replace the tooth’s root is then put over the abutment, replacing the missing tooth entirely. In addition to replacing single teeth, multiple dental implants can also be used to anchor an entire set of upper or lower dentures.
Dental implants have a very high success rate, much in part because dentists like Dr. Agabegi emphasize the importance of selecting the right patient to undergo dental implant placement. Dental implants have a 95 percent success rate for at least five years after the dental implant is placed. However, the titanium dental implant itself is intended to last a lifetime. However, you may need to periodically replace he crown that replicates the missing tooth. This is because you may desire to whiten your teeth or because accidents can happen and a crown can become damaged, requiring replacement.

How Could A Dental Implant "Fail"?

Sometimes dental implants fail because their “owner” does not continue to care for their gums and remaining teeth as well as they should. This includes failing to brush regularly and not visiting Dr. Agabegi’s office at least every six months to ensure your gum health. Patients with dental implants who notice symptoms such as bleeding gums after brushing their teeth, bad breath or a dental implant that suddenly feels looser than usual, should notify Dr. Agabegi’s Paoli, PA dentist office to ensure the dental implant is not fusing properly. However, some gum bleeding after a procedure can be common. Dr. Agabegi can discuss these and other considerations with you to ensure your dental implant has the best chance for success.
For more information on dental implants in Paoli, please call Dr. Agabegi’s office in (610) 647-0353. You can also scroll to the bottom of our webpage and click on “Request an Appointment” for more information.