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Dental Implants

Dental implants — artificial replacements for natural teeth/roots — are an alternative to partial and full dentures or bridges. The implant, working like a tooth, offers more comfort and stability than dentures. Implants can restore the ability to chew food and improve speech and facial appearance.

How are implants placed?

Implant surgery is performed in a dentist’s office, in a three-step process:

A dentist surgically places an implant directly into the jawbone, like a natural tooth root. Following this initial surgery, the implant will usually remain covered for three to six months, to allow the bone to develop around the implant to help hold it in place.

Once this waiting period is over, the dentist uncovers the implant and attaches an extension, called a post, to the implant.

In the third and final step, once healing is completed, the implant can serve as a foundation for the new tooth. The dentist then makes a crown (or other artificial tooth replacement) and attaches it to the implant post.

The entire process could take up 3 to 6 months to complete, depending on the patient.