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Bedford and Associates


Implants


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Dental implants are an artificial replacement for a tooth’s root. They fit directly into your jawbone and hold crowns or false teeth in place, in the same way that roots support natural teeth. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.

A single dental implant can support one, or several, replacement teeth. How many you need will depend on how many teeth you need to replace and how strong your jawbone is in these areas. If you need to replace all your teeth, you will probably need to have at least six implants in your upper jaw, and between four and six in your lower jaw.

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.