Are Dental Implants Permanent?

Serving Greater Philadelphia, including Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, & Newtown Square.

illustration of a dental implantDental implants are intended to provide a permanent replacement for your missing teeth. However, there are certain instances where your implant may require replacement over time. Fortunately, with proper care, you should expect that your dental implants may last 25 years or longer.

The reason why dental implants provide such long-lasting results is because they are the only solution that replaces the missing root along with your missing tooth. During your procedure, Dr. Bellisario will insert a titanium implant into your jaw. As you heal, the jawbone will fuse with the implant, allowing it to function just like a natural tooth root. This process is called osseointegration.

Factors that Impact the Longevity of Your Dental Implant

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants have an overall success rate of 95% when placed by a highly experienced implant dentist. In addition. the overwhelming majority of dental implants function properly after 20 years. No other tooth replacement solution can match this longevity.

The actual length of time your dental implants last will depend on several factors:

  • Your oral hygiene practices – It’s important to stay on top of your oral hygiene to ensure your dental implants last a long time. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting Dr. Bellisario for regular checkups and cleanings twice a year will help you prevent the development of oral health issues that may shorten the lifespan of your dental implants.
  • Preventing unnecessary stress on your teeth – While dental implants are able to withstand normal biting and chewing forces, they aren’t meant to withstand abuse. It’s important to avoid actions that may place excessive stress on your implant such as biting or hard objects or using your teeth to open items.
  • The skill of your dentist – Working with a dentist who has the proper training and experience to place dental implants properly will significantly increase the duration of your results.

Contact our Philadelphia Dentist

Please contact the Office of Doctor Bellisario using the form on this page or call 610-642-7024 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Ardmore, Bryn Mawr and throughout the Philadelphia area.