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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jaw bone to replace missing natural tooth roots. Implants and their attached crowns closely mimic the look and function of real teeth. They can make an attractive and secure alternative to dentures and bridges.
Dental implant techniques can replace one or several missing teeth. In some cases, an entire set of artificial teeth can be carried on dental implants. In some cases, instead of an artificial tooth, an implant can be fitted with special clips or attachments (similar to press-studs) to hold a denture. The studs will minimise movement of the denture.
Like real teeth, artificial teeth that are not regularly brushed and flossed can develop deposits (plaque and tartar) that eventually lead to dental problems such as bleeding gums, loss of bone, infection and pain.
Properly maintained implants that are anchored by sufficient bone can last for many years, although repairs may be expected like any other dental appliances. In order to achieve a good outcome, your case may need to be managed by several practitioners. While this can affect the length of treatment and costs, it is done in the interests of your long-term wellbeing.
If you’re missing one tooth or several teeth, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr Hollander to discuss how dental implants could restore your smile and your confidence.
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