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Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the state-of-the-art method for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants consist of three parts:

  1. Body of the dental implant
  2. Abutment
  3. Tooth or teeth

How do they work?

Dental implants are placed surgically in the site of the missing tooth or teeth. After a healing period, the dental implant is then restored by putting a single tooth or multiple teeth on top of the implant.

Examples of one to multiple tooth replacement options

What are the alternatives?

Replacing missing teeth is usually a matter of preference. Meaning, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Most consider the time for treatment completion, cost, and functionality of the finished restoration when deciding what to do. Alternatives to dental implants include:

  1. Doing nothing — meaning, leaving the missing tooth or teeth as is
  2. Using a fixed bridge
  3. Using a removable partial denture

An example of a fixed bridge

An example of a removable partial denture