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Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured. Any one in reasonable health can be a candidate for dental implants. However, Implants should not be placed in young adults whose facial structures are still growing.

Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted device in the body. Reported success rates are 90 to 98%, however this may vary based on location, bone density and prosthetic design. Dental implants can last for a patient’s lifetime, however revisions may be necessary. Orthopedic implants have a current life span of 5 to 10 years.