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Dental implants improve both the functionality and the appearance of the teeth. They replace missing teeth through the insertion of artificial roots and artificial teeth that are placed in the upper or lower part of the jawbone. The artificial teeth that are attached to the implant look natural in appearance and can implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Dental Implants – Learn about the Process and Benefits
The placement of dental implants starts with an examination and X-rays to determine the specific needs of the patient. When it is time to place the implant in the mouth, the treated area is numbed and either a temporary implant or the post where the dental implant will reside is placed in the mouth. Once the bones and gums have healed and fused with the implant, Dr. Arndt will place a crown or a bridge on the implant to take the place of the old tooth.
Dental implants offer a number of benefits including:
- Improvement or restoration of the smile
- Greater ability to bite and chew food
- Improved comfort and speaking ability
- Better overall oral health
As long as the dental implant is properly maintained by the patient, the results can last a lifetime. Dr. Arndt will provide detailed instructions on how to properly care for the implant once it is placed in the mouth. The success rate of dental implants varies per patient but there is an overall 98% success rate for this surgery.