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Dental Implants
Middle aged couple holding each other wearing glasses In the past, the best solution for replacing missing teeth was to get removable dentures, or use adjacent teeth as anchors for fixed bridges. Rapid advancements in dental technology have led to the state-of-the-art treatment for missing teeth: dental implants.

Dental implants are long-term replacements that are surgically placed in the jawbone.

Dental Implants Offer Several Benefits:
• Durable - With proper care, a dental implant may last a lifetime.
• Convenient - Dental implants don't require soaking or cleaning. Just take care of them like your natural teeth.
• Superior Performance - Dental implants stay fixed in your mouth, reducing wear on other teeth. They also make eating and speaking easier.

How are Dental Implants Installed?
Installing a dental implant is a two- or three-step process.
1. To start, the dental implant is placed into your jawbone, provided you have enough bone to support the implant.
2. Once your jawbone has fused with the implant (which can take up to several months), a small healing abutment will be attached to the implant, if not done so at the time of implant placement.
3. Finally, your restorative or general dentist will place the new dental crown onto the implant.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Dental Implant?
Good candidates for dental implants are healthy, have healthy gums, and have sufficient bone to support the implant.

What if I Don't Have Sufficient Bone to Support an Implant?
If there is insufficient bone to support an implant, bone grafting may be required before or in conjunction with implant placement, which may delay treatment. For some people, other options may be more appropriate.

Do Dental Implants Need Special Care?
Just brush and floss regularly, and your dental implant should serve you for a very long time, possibly the rest of your life. Regular dental cleanings are also recommended.

If you have additional questions about dental implants, please click on the link below to learn more.

Dental Implants: Replacement Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own

Implant Placement Steps
•  Step 1 - Placement of Implant
Model of dental implant screw withouth artificial tooth

•  Step 2 - Placement of Crown
Model of dental implant screw with artificial tooth

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