Dental implants are designed to serve as an artificial root for a missing tooth. They can support crowns, fixed bridges, or dentures. Implants also help prevent the bone loss and deterioration that can result after you lose a tooth.
The implant consists of two parts: the implant itself, which replaces the root of the missing tooth, and the abutment, which supports the restoration for the missing tooth.
The implant is surgically placed in your jaw and left to heal. When healing is complete, the abutment is placed, and the restoration is attached to it. Once it is in place, the implant can last a lifetime with proper care.
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