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What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a specialist places into your jawbone to support a tooth replacement or a bridge.

Implants are very conservative in nature, since they replace missing teeth without damaging adjacent tooth structure.  In fact, dental implants preserve your natural anatomy.  If a tooth is lost, in time the jawbone associated with that tooth will also be lost.  Teeth in effect hold the jawbone in place- so does an implant if teeth are lost.

Implants not only replace teeth, but also replace the confidence in your smile.  Chewing, Speaking, Smiling are all tooth related benefits that implants may restore.  Also, if you wear dentures and they are not as secure as they once were, implants may help hold them in place so you forget that you are even wearing them!

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling; you may forget you ever lost a tooth.  Under proper conditions, such as placement by a specialist and routine periodic maintenance, implants may last a lifetime.  Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.

A dental implant is made of 99.99% Commercially Pure Titanium.  This titanium is treated on the surface to produce a texture that becomes a part of your bone structure.  This allows the titanium implant fixture to become a rigid, stable structure to attach teeth to.  These anchors either will support teeth, bridges, or dentures.

Once the implant body heals after surgical placement (usually 2 to 3 months in the lower jaw, or 4 to 6 months in the upper jaw) impressions or molds will be made of the implant and nearby teeth.  These molds will then be used to custom fabricate prosthetic teeth for you.  These teeth will look and feel like natural teeth, you will forget that you have a prosthetic tooth.  Studies have shown that once integrated an implant will last many, many years!

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