While the goal is for you to have a healthy implant that lasts for years to come, on rare occasion, there may be circumstance that occur that might mean having one replaced.
An example might be if an infection were to develop around the site.
An informed decision is always the best decision.
Tooth replacement Removable Dentures Bridge Implants technologies Partial (partial or full)
Longevity 1-3 years 5-7 years 7-10 years Lifetime
Preservation of healthy Yes Yes No Yes adjacent teeth
Transmission adjacent teeth adj teeth/gums adjacent teeth bone of force to:
Prevent bone No No No Yes
loss & preserve facial appearance
Requirement for Yes Yes Yes No periodic adjustments
Accelerated loss of Yes Yes Yes No
Source: Premium Tooth Replacement, Deutsche Bank, January 26, 2006
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