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How are dental implants done, and how have they gotten better?

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Implants to replace lost teeth are now more common. First, a titanium implant or screw-like device is put in as a replacement root, fusing with the jawbone and protruding above the gum line. An abutment covers the protruding part, and a crown is placed over that.

In the past, implants often failed. Now, the typical life of an implant is about 15 years or longer. About 95% of implants today are successful, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

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