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Implant Dentistry

A dental implant is a small "anchor" made of titanium. It is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. After osseointegration, or when the surrounding bone has attached to the implant, a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant. The new tooth looks, feels, and performs just like your natural teeth.

Dental implants can be used in a variety of situations, whether you need to replace a single missing tooth or many teeth. They can even be used to replace a full denture. As anchor points, implants can also securely attach a partial denture or bridge.

Ridge preservation is the process of maintaining the natural height of your oral bone called alveolar ridge. This the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. When a defect in the bone is created by a tooth extraction or periodontal disease, it is important to replace that lost bone again. Healthy bone is necessary for health teeth.

If this bone is not preserved, your teeth may shift, the bone may resorb and you may need a second surgery to replace the lost bone. Dr. Patel at Dental 2000 use the latest in synthetic and human cadaver bone to fill in defects that are caused in the bone as well as important if you are considering dental implants in the future. Dr. Patel will discuss the advantages of Synthetic Bioactive Resorbable Graft with dental implants.

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