Yes, dental implants can replace missing teeth even if they have been absent for an extended period. Even if teeth have been missing for an extended period, dental implants provide a stable and long-lasting solution.
However, when teeth have been missing for a while, the jawbone in that area may have experienced some level of resorption or bone loss. In such cases, bone grafting or other techniques may be required to build up the bone volume and ensure a stable foundation for the implant.
Once the implant is placed and fully integrated with the bone, it can support a lifelike dental restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture. This not only restores your smile’s appearance but also provides the functional benefits of natural teeth, making it possible to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Dental implants offer a long-lasting and reliable solution for individuals who have been living with missing teeth for an extended period.