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Dental Implants
Dental Implants
A dental implant is a small, strong, titanium post that acts as the root structure would for a natural tooth. A dental implant is placed into your upper or lower jaw bone and after the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.

A single tooth or a full arch of teeth which have been lost due to injury or disease can be replaced with dental implants and titanium metal is used because of its compatibility with bone and oral tissues.
Advantages
Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth for regular flossing and ideal oral hygiene.
Durability
Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
How Painful Are Dental Implants?
Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction. After the dental implant, mild soreness can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or Motrin.
What Is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is based on accurate evaluation of your medical history and of the implant site.

First step:
The implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth.

Second step:
The healing process. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. This healing phase takes usually four months.

Third step:
After the healing phase is completed, impressions are taken and a new porcelain crown is fabricated and placed on the implant. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.

In some patients, where several teeth are missing, denture attachments can be placed on the implants in order to better retain and stabilize a removable denture.
How Do I Care for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.
 
 

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