Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth. The implant is added to the jawbone and substitutes for the roots of the missing tooth. The implant procedure can be done by a dentist, periodontist, prosthodontist, or oral surgeon. It takes several appointments and is done over a period of 3-6 months.
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You may have missing teeth due to injury, disease, or decay. Implants can be used to prevent problems associated with missing teeth, such as:
- Difficulty chewing
- Problems with appearance, especially if your face appears sunken due to missing teeth
- Problems with remaining teeth—teeth may become tipped or crowded
Dental implants may also be used to replace dentures or help retain existing dentures.
Last reviewedJanuary 2015by Marcin Chwistek, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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