I am missing several teeth. A friend told me that she recently had implants to replace her missing teeth and is very happy.What are implants?

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I am missing several teeth. A friend told me that she recently had implants to replace her missing teeth and is very happy.What are implants?

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A. Dental implants are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth when certain conditions exist. Such things as your overall general health and the length of time you have been missing your teeth must be considered. The replacement of missing teeth using dental implants frequently requires a team approach. After your dentist does a thorough examination and treatment plan the surgical phase of treatment takes place. In most cases a periodontist or an oral surgeon will put the implant(s), the artificial root(s) into the jaw. When healing is complete, usually after 4-6 months, The tooth or bridge segment can be placed on top of the healed implants by a general dentist or a prosthodontist . Some dentists are trained to place the surgical part of the implant as well as the prosthetic or tooth part. You should ask your dentist if you are a good candidate for implants and ask for a referral if he or she doesn’t do them.

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