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Implant for Replacing a Single Tooth

The following illustrations show how an implant is used to serve as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is biocompatible with human tissue, and in three decades of use there have been no known foreign body reactions. After allowing time for the jawbone to bond to the surface of the implant (osseointegration), a post is attached to the implant. This post exits the gum and a crown or other restoration is placed on the post. The final restoration is similar to a crown on a natural tooth, and is not removable. It feels and functions as a normal tooth. This ability to add a tooth where it is needed has changed the way dentistry is practiced.
Missing front tooth to be replaced with an implant Implant inserted in jawbone, and gum closed over implant
After 4-6 months of healing, access hole made in gum to uncover implant, and a post screwed into the implant Permanent crown cemented to post

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