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What is a Dental Implant? PDF Print E-mail

A dental implant is normally a titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw bone to replace the old root. A natural looking crown is then attached to perfectly replicate the missing tooth. Unlike bridgework, implants do not affect the surrounding teeth. Integrated into the jaw, they avoid gum problems and bone loss that can accompany a bridge or dentures.

You might need dental implants if you are missing one or several teeth. Things to watch out for are:


  • Your jaw may not be suited to implants and a bone graft may be required 
  • The implantation procedure requires unique skills and there are dramatically different levels of training, everything from a weekend to 3 years. Check to see that your dentist has the necessary qualifications Implants should not be used if your bone growth is not complete 
  • If you are smoker or are taking immune-suppressants the success rate for implants decreases 


Ask your dentist what there 5 year success rate is – it should be about 95% for the lower jaw and 90% for the upper jaw.



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