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What are dental implants?

January 5, 2017

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Extensive research conducted in the 1960s showed that dental implants made of pure titanium integrates with the jawbone to become a permanent part of the jaw. As a result, dental implants are considered excellent options for patients who lost teeth due to an accident, periodontal disease or tooth decay.

Similar to natural teeth, dental implants are prone to infection present in the mouth, including infection from gum disease. So it is important to eliminate all sources of infection in the mouth prior to considering dental implants.