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Dental Implants

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Surgery Overview

A dental implant is an artificial tooth. Your dentist may suggest it if a permanent tooth fell out from an injury or was taken out because of bad tooth decay.

An anchor and post will be placed in your jawbone. Your new tooth will attach to the post.

Implants look natural. They can provide support for dentures, and they don't affect the teeth around them. After you have an implant, it stays in. You don't have to take it out to clean it. But you may need to have more surgery in the future so that the implant stays in place in your jawbone. Talk to your dentist about the pros and cons of this treatment option.

It's just as important to brush and floss implants as it is with natural teeth. If bacteria build up on implants, you can end up with gum disease and bone loss.

What To Expect

You may have swelling, tenderness, or both for a few days after the surgery. Your dentist may give you pain medicine. Your dentist may also suggest that you eat only soft foods for a while.

Credits for Dental Implants

Current as of: August 6, 2023

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