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A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. An implant will replace both the lost natural tooth and its root. Replacement teeth are attached to the part of the implant that comes through the gum tissue. Dental implants are not removable and will allow you to eat and function in a similar fashion to having your own teeth.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
If you are missing one or more teeth or your denture does not fit as comfortably as it once did, then dental implants may be right for you. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues.
WHAT IS TREATMENT LIKE?
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
- Replacing a Single Tooth - If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it.
- Replacing Several Teeth - If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
- Replacing All of Your Teeth - If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.