Dental implants are machine-made replacements for tooth roots. They can be used to anchor on a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or support a denture, or even restore an entire mouth.

Dental implants are made of pure titanium or titanium alloy. Titanium is very strong and is biologically inert and unlike most metals is readily accepted by the body. Implants come in different shapes and sizes. There are many designs and manufacturers of dental implants but most are cylindrical or somewhat tapered like a natural root. Most implants made by reputable companies have comparable success rates.

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To be a candidate for a dental implant a number of criteria must be met in order to successfully support an implant. Most importantly, you should have good general health and your oral tissues should be clean and healthy and there must be enough bone volume present having adequate density.

Following an extraction of a tooth the supporting bone quickly begins to shrink in height and in width. The longer a tooth or teeth have been missing, the more likely it will be that a greater amount of bone loss will have occurred. Today however, even if bone shrinkage has been extensive, dental implants may still be an option. Depending on the situation, it is most often possible to regenerate deficient bone or graft bone so that an implant or implants can be placed.

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