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Dental Implants: Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people choose dental implants?

Dental implants are the most natural-looking and natural-feeling replacement for missing teeth. Unlike many other tooth replacement options, dental implants do not slip or click when talking, laughing or eating, making for greater confidence in social situations. Dental implants are also considered a healthy option because they help to maintain the jawbone, keeping the facial structure intact.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a cylindrical and/or tapered post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the tooth root. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on, or built into, the top of the dental implant, to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth. Finally, a crown, a replacement tooth, is custom made to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant. Learn more

What is the process for getting a dental implant?

Your dentist, who should be a credentialed dental implant expert, will place the implant into the jawbone. As you heal, your implant will fuse with your natural jawbone. Once the implant bonds with the jawbone, a small connector is placed on top of the dental implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth. Learn more.

Can any dentist provide my dental implant?

Dental implants are sophisticated dental devices that must be placed carefully to avoid complications or implant failure. For the best outcome potential, it is vitally important that you choose a dental implant expert that has the proper education, training, and competence in implant dentistry. Learn more.

Where can I find a dental implant expert?

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry maintains a directory of AAID credentialed dental implant experts who have met key education, training, and competence requirements. Search the implant expert directory now.

Are dental implants right for me?

Do you want the most natural-looking smile? Do you want a hassle-free smile? Do you want a smile that won't embarrass you? If you answered “Yes” to one or more of the questions, then dental implants are the right choice for you. Learn more

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