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How are root form dental implants placed?

Sanda M. Moldovan, DDS
Periodontics

Most dental implants today are root form, resembling a screw with treads, which helps obtain stability when the implant is inserted in the mouth. Root form drills are used to precisely prepare the site where an implant will be inserted. Because of the precision of the system, the placement is quite fast and minimally invasive. 

Root form dental implants are placed in the jawbone. The portion of a root form dental implant that lies beneath the gums resembles a screw. The dentist inserts this segment into the jawbone, where it serves as an anchor. Later, after the screw-like segment has fused to the bone, the dentist attaches a post to the top. (In some cases, the implant and post are inserted as one piece.) This post serves as a foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture.

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