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Do dental implants work?

Dental implants can work very well for replacing lost teeth in adults. Instead of a permanent bridge or a removable denture, dental implants made of titanium metal are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they fuse to the bone, allowing a permanent crown to be attached. The vast majority of dental implants placed more than 20 years ago are still functioning well, with a success rate of about 95%, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Most patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable and a good replacement for their own tooth. If you are in good general health, with a jawbone that can support it, implants may be an option for you.

With careful treatment planning and good oral care, dental implants can provide a healthy, stable smile for a lifetime.

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