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Dental Implants: Are They for Me?

By Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D., and William R. Laney, D.M.D., M.S.

What Is a Dental Implant?

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When natural teeth are missing from the mouth, artificial substitutes to replace the root portion of teeth are put into the bone and gums of the mouth. Replacement teeth are then fixed onto these new roots. Dental implants allow people who are missing teeth to be able to smile, speak, and chew well and comfortably.

These sections will help you understand the benefits and risks involved with dental implants. Your dentist can give you complete information on your specific situation and help you decide if dental implants are for you.

Dental implant illustration compairing a tooth with a root to an implant with a crown

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