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What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the bone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An synthetic replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
Who can get dental implants?
If you are in good general health, have enough bone in the jaw and have healthy gums, dental implants are a great option. If the bone levels are insufficient you may need to have a bone graft before the implant can be placed. One way to build up the bone in an area where it is inadequate is with a bone graft.
How dental implants are done?
Initially your dentist will carefully examine your mouth and use imaging to find out if dental implants are right for you.
The first phase of the process is for your dentist to place the implant post into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue along with a healing cap on the surface. The gum tissue is then stitched back into place. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. It can take several months to heal.
When healed, imaging or an impression of your teeth is taken in order to make the replacement tooth. Once the tooth is fabricated, we attach it to the implant.
If you need an implant supported denture the process will be similar however you will need more than one implant placed. You will then receive a new denture that attaches to the implant posts.
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