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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.
Implants are natural-looking, can provide
support for dentures, and do not affect the teeth bordering them. But after you have an implant, 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.
To receive an implant, you
need to have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant.
After your tooth has been removed:
You may have swelling or tenderness or both for a few days after
the surgery, and your dentist may give you pain medicine. Your dentist may also
suggest that you eat only soft foods for a period of time.
you have an implant, it stays in. You do not have to remove it for cleaning.
It is 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.
Other Works Consulted
Levin L, Halperin-Sternfeld M (2013). Tooth preservation or implant placement. Journal of the American Dental Association, 144(10): 1119–1133.
Current as of:
November 4, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
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