Middletown Dental
Dr. Pradeep Sukumar, DMD, MPH

Are dental implants permanent?

Choosing to replace missing teeth with dental implants in Middletown, NJ is a big decision. But the results are well worth it because a dental implant could last a lifetime if you care for it properly.

A dental implant consists of three separate pieces; the titanium implant post that’s placed surgically in your jaw, the implant abutment that attaches a restoration to the implant, and the visible part of the implant which may be a crown, bridge or denture.

As the implant post heals in your jaw, it forms a bond with the bone and tissue around it. The goal is to create a permanent replacement tooth root that will function like a natural root. For this reason, the implant post is the part that is considered to be permanent

But several factors decide whether or not your implant will last a lifetime. Dental implants have a 95 percent clinical success rate, but when they fail, it’s usually due to poor gum health. Gum disease attacks the bone, tissue, and ligaments that support your teeth and puts your implant in jeopardy.

If you want to protect your dental implant, focus on maintaining excellent oral health habits. Step up your oral hygiene skills, visit Middletown Dental every six months for dental exams and teeth cleanings, and follow a healthy diet.

Dr. Pradeep would be happy to meet with you to answer your questions and explain the benefits of dental implants. Please call our Middletown dental office to get started.

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