How long do dental implants last?
While dental implants are considered to be a permanent tooth replacement, there’s a bit more information we need to share about the way implants are constructed.
How Dental Implants are Constructed
A single dental implant is actually made up of three pieces - the implant, abutment, and restoration. The implant is a small post that is surgically placed in the jaw, and integrates fully with surrounding bone and tissue as it heals. Because it becomes part of your jaw, the implant portion is permanent.
Once the implant has healed and is fully integrated with the jaw, the abutment is attached. This creates an extension piece to which Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin will attach the dental restoration, or crown. The crown is the portion of the implant that is functional, allowing you to speak and chew normally. It is also the aesthetic replacement for the missing tooth.
Caring for a Dental Implant
So, to answer your question, the implant portion is permanent because it is now part of your mouth. It provides a very durable, stable base for the crown, which should provide you with many years of use. But, like any other dental crown, you do need to treat it with care and avoid foods and activities that can damage or break it.
There’s a lot to learn about dental implants, and we welcome your questions. Please contact our Summit dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss dental implants and your other tooth replacement options.