A dental implant is used to replace an entire tooth, or a row of teeth. The loss of a single tooth might not seem like a big deal to you, especially if it’s not visible, but it can affect your overall oral health if you don’t take care of it. A dental implant functions, and looks, just like a normal tooth. Implants can also be helpful in anchoring full and partial dentures, giving them a more natural look and secure fit. Dental implants are inserted in your jawbone and will be designed to fit in with the rest of your teeth. Because of its placement in your jaw, as it heals, the bone will actually fuse with the implant (a scientific process referred to as osseointegration) giving it a sturdy foundation. Once your implant heals and is secure in your jawbone, our staff will then add the crown to the foundation. Healing takes a different amount of time for each person and it is not uncommon for the process to take a few months. Once the crown has been placed you’ll feel like the implant is one of your natural teeth and will be able to eat, smile, talk and do everything else you are accustomed to doing.
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