A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw bone to serve as a replacement for a tooth, to support a bridge that replaces a missing tooth, or to anchor in a denture.
A dental implant is a possible option to replace a tooth that was already missing or lost due for some reason like decay, periodontal disease, an accident, etc.
A dental implant is usually composed of three separate pieces:
1. The titanium implant (colored in dull grey in above photo), which is placed in the jaw bone, then covered back over with gum tissue to heal for approximately 3 months.
THREE MONTHS LATER:
2. The abutment (colored in shiny silver in above photo)
3. The tooth crown (colored white like an actual tooth in above photo)
Steps 2 and 3 are done at the same visit, which does not usually require numbing, but simply the fitting of the components together onto the implant.
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