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What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth.  This could be for a single tooth, several teeth or to support a denture. Not everyone can get implants.  You have to have enough bone in your jaw to support it. It’s normal for bone to shrink after a tooth is lost.  If you have been missing teeth for some time, you may already have lost too much bone to have an implant. 

Getting an implant

The dentist will put a small metal post into your jawbone. Over a period of months the post will bond with the bone around it. The post will act like an anchor to hold one or more artificial teeth in place. Today, this method of replacing teeth is widely accepted. 

 

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