Dental implants are inserted into the jaw where they replace the roots of missing teeth. Following insertion, dental implants undergo a process called osseointegration during which osteoblasts and connective tissue in the jaw adhere to tiny holes on the surface of each implant. This serves to secure the implants into the jaw, where they can provide a long-lasting base for restorations such as bridges, dentures, or crowns.
Under most circumstances, a dental implant will continue to provide benefits for a lifetime, though these restorations are vulnerable to the same oral health issues as your natural teeth. Advanced gum disease and similarly concerning conditions can lead to bone necrosis in the jaw, which will allow implants to come loose and fall out. You can help prevent this entirely avoidable issue by following a consistent at-home routine and visiting our office every six months for professional cleanings.
Restoring Dental Implants
While a dental implant may last for a lifetime, the restorations used to complete tooth replacement will not. Over time, you will need to have crowns, bridges, and dentures adjusted or touched-up to ensure their continued aesthetic and functional quality. However, like implants, you can extend the life-expectancy of your restorations by taking proper care of your teeth and gums.
There is no dental restoration that can be called “permanent,” but dental implants come as close as it gets. With proper care, your dental implants will continue to offer a reliable foundation for your replacement teeth for many, many years.
If you have questions about dental implants and live in the Houston area, please call Dr. Ronald Konig at 713-425-1302 to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Konig provides implant dentistry services for men and women living in Pearland, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, and all surrounding areas.