Dental Implant

Artificial teeth, designed to attach to the bone permanently


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About Dental Implants

Dental Implant AvicennasDespite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss — mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

Dental implants are artificial teeth, designed to attach to the bone permanently. They are mainly used in the case that a tooth falls out or breaks out.

Before the Procedure

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It is important to have a thorough evaluation before a treatment plan can be created, and patients are asked to send dental X-rays to the dentist planning the treatment. If necessary, these can usually be obtained from a local dentist for a fee. It is important so that the dentist can assess whether or not a bone graft is needed, and how long the overall treatment will take. Minor bone grafting can be done at the same time as implant placement, but more complex bone grafts need time to settle.


During the Dental Implant Procedure

In order to place the dental implant, the dentist must first remove the gum tissue. Sometimes an incision is made across the peak, and the gum is peeled back to reveal the bone. Some dentists prefer to cut out a small piece of gum tissue, the size of the implant.

The dentist will then use a series of drills to make and enlarge a hole in the jawbone. Once the hole is the right size, the implant is twisted tightly into position. Usually, at this stage, rather than attach a crown, the dentist will attach a temporary healing abutment. This is a cap placed on the dental implant which acts as a placeholder (preventing gum growing over the implant.) The gum is closed around the healing abutment and if needed, the gums will be stitched up.

Once this implant has fused to the bone, the final abutment and crown can be attached.


Usually the implants are made of titanium (a type of metal), however there are also tooth colored zirconia implants available at some clinics.


Local anesthetic. General anesthetic may be available for an extra cost.

Procedure duration

A single dental implant surgery takes around 45 minutes, however the procedure can take longer if tooth extractions are performed at the same appointment, or if many implants are placed in one session.

After the Procedure Care

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Post procedure care

After the surgery, it is recommended to avoid solid foods or smoking while the gums are healing.

Possible discomfort

Swelling, bruising, pain or light bleeding.


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