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Dental implants are a popular treatment for patients who have lost one or more teeth as a result of accident, infection, or hereditary factors. Implants can also be used to support bridges and dentures. Implant surgery can usually be performed at your dentist’s office. Some patients may require bone augmentation to help provide a stable base for the implant. Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to minimize the pain and discomfort of the procedure. Patients who require more extensive treatment, or who suffer from dental anxiety, may be offered sedation dentistry options. Dental implants have a high success rate. If you have one or more missing teeth, contact Elite Dental Group in Miami. Your dentist will be able to advise you as to whether you would be a good candidate for dental implants.

Dentist holding screw in tweezers
Attaching the Screw and Abutment

First of all, the dentist or periodontist will place a small metal screw or cylinder into your jaw. This will act as a kind of artificial root for your new tooth, attaching it firmly to the jawbone. Over the course of around six months, the surrounding bone will fuse with the metal implant in a process known as osseointegration. You may be fitted with a temporary crown during this period. A small cap may need to be placed over the screw. Finally, the dentist will add a small metal abutment, to which to the crown, or replacement tooth can be affixed.

Attaching the Crown

In the second stage of the process, the dentist will attach an artificial tooth, known as a crown, to the screw and abutment. Dental technicians will design a crown which matches the size, shape, and color of your original teeth. It may take you a little time to become fully accustomed to your new implant. However, over the longer term, your implant should look and feel comfortable and natural. You should be able to eat, drink, and speak as normal.

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