Dental Implant Procedure: What to Know

Alonzo Osche

Missing teeth can throw your bite out of alignment, altering your facial shape. They can also make you self-conscious about your smile.

If you choose to replace missing teeth, your dentist may recommend artificial teeth that are attached in or near the jawbone with a dental implant.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the bone surrounding the implant grows, holding it securely in place. Replacement teeth are then attached with a metal connector to the implant, filling in the gap.

There are two major types of dental

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