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Understanding Dental Implant

Understanding Dental Implant

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Published by: Zsigmond Bathori on Nov 14, 2010
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Comfortand Confidence Again
It’s no fun when you’re missing teeth. You may not feelcomfortable eating or speaking. You might even avoid smilingin public. Fortunately, dental implants can help. Implants canreplace a single tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth in yourmouth. Best of all, they look and feel like natural teeth.
This booklet is not intended as a substitute for professional dental care.©2003 The StayWell Company, 1100 Grundy Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066-3030.www.krames.com 800-333-3032. All rights reserved. Lithographed in Canada.
 When Teeth Are Missing
It can be embarrassing to have spaces in yourmouth where teeth are missing. But you’re notalone. Some people lose teeth due to injury,tooth decay, or
periodontal disease
(infectionof the gums and bone surrounding teeth).Others may not have had all their teeth growin. Whatever the reason, dental implants canhelp replace missing teeth. And implantsoften feel more natural than dentures andother dental restorations.
Implants Can Help
If you want a dental restoration that looksand feels as though it’s really part of yourmouth, dental implants may be right foryou. A dental implant is an artificial toothroot. Your jawbone fuses with the implantto provide a secure platform for a
(artificial tooth). If you are missing manyteeth, several implants can be used to sup-port a partial or complete denture.
Prosthesis(artificialtooth crown)Implant
occurs when bonefuses with the implant.This provides asolid base for the prosthesis.
Implants can replace teeth lost from injury.
 Working Together
Throughout the implant process you’ll work closely with a dentalteam. Part of the team prepares your jaw and surgically places theimplant. Others build and adjust the prosthesis.Your
may be an oral surgeon, periodontist, or a generaldentist skilled in dental implant procedures.Your
restorative dentist
may be a prosthodontist or general dentist.
Understanding Your Role
Depending on your dental needs, total treat-ment time for implants can range anywherefrom several months up to a year or more.Without a strong commitment from you,implants are less likely to be successful.For best results, be prepared to:Keep all your appointments.Take good care of your mouth during theimplant process.Commit to a lifetime of good oral hygiene.Have dental checkups at least twice a year.Contact team members if you haveany problems.
Your DentalEvaluation.......................4Forming aTreatment Plan..............6The RightProsthesis for You..........8Surgery toPlace Implants.............10Placing Abutments......12Making YourProsthesis.....................13Good Habits toLast a Lifetime.............14
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It takes teamwork to make dental implants a success.

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