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Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is used to support a single crown or a fixed bridge. The implant is placed into the jaw with a minor surgical procedure by the periodontist. Several months are required for the bone to attach to the implant surface. At that time, the restoring dentist can place a post, also known as the abutment, into the implant. Once the abutment is in place the restorative dentist will place a crown onto it to create new fully functioning “tooth” for the patient (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Implant Supported Restoration

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Implants can be predictably used to replace a single missing tooth (Figures 2a-b), several missing teeth, or restore a completely edentulous jaw (Figure 3a-b) Implant restorations have several advantages over fixed bridges, such as preventing bone resorption and conserving tooth structure of adjacent teeth. Implant restorations provide excellent chewing function and natural appearance. Dr. Shapiro is Board Certified by the American Board of Periodontology in implant dentistry and has taken part in clinical research focused on implant healing. He offers the most current and predictable techniques available in implant related therapy.

Figure 2a: Missing Front Tooth

Figure 2b: Tooth Replaced with an Implant

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Figure 3a: Hopeless Upper and Lower Teeth

Figure 3b: Upper and Lower Jaws Restored with Implants

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