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How do dental implants work?

Dental implants provide optimal support for a replacement tooth or teeth by mimicking the natural root structure and a successful root system does more than just provide nutrients for a living tooth. It also keeps the tooth steady and secure.

Like a natural root system, a dental implant is a small screw-like appliance that is inserted into the jawbone. Implants are built from surgical-grade titanium, and they are attached to a supporting post that keeps a crown or bridge held in place as needed. It is also possible to use multiple implants together to secure a complete set of removable or fixed dentures. The main advantage of using titanium dental implants is that they fuse with the natural jawbone material and prevents the bone loss that occurs with tooth loss.

Once the dental implant is placed, a dental crown is adhered to the support post, usually made out of titanium. This structure is now the new replacement tooth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. And because they are anchored in the bone with strong supports, they are designed to last for decades.