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Dental Implants

May 12 • 1 minute read

  • What are dental implants?

A surgical fixture that acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth.  It is the replacement that is most similar to having a natural tooth. 

  • What is the implant process?

First, a consult with the surgeon who will be placing the implant will occur.  Sometimes a bone graft will be placed prior to placing an implant in order to create a solid base for the implant.  After adequate bone is present, the implant is placed and allowed to heal for a few months.  Then, the implant’s stability is tested by the surgeon and if approved, the dentist begins making an abutment (a component that connects the implant to the crown) as well as the crown to sit upon the implant.

  • Is the implant process painful?

Many patients report less discomfort than anticipated.  Typically patients just use local anesthesia and most are able to return to work and other daily activities the day after implant placement.’

  • How many teeth can an implant replace?

Anywhere from one tooth to a complete set of teeth can be replaced using implants.  The number of implants needed may vary by the situation. 

 


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Photo from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry

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