Monday, March 15, 2010

Dental Implant Procedure

When you lose a tooth, a dental implant may be needed to replace the tooth root and crown. Dental implants are simply "anchors" that permanently support replacement teeth. They are secure and durable and can be cleaned and cared for much like your natural teeth. This restoration can be used for a single tooth, a bridge of several teeth or a denture.

The procedure requires a titanium ‘root’ (cylinder) be fitted into your jaw to replace the lost tooth's root. Once the implant is placed, the bone requires four to six months to heal. Once the implant has integrated, a support post and replacement tooth, bridge, or denture is anchored onto the implant.

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