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I’m concerned about having metal in my mouth. What exactly is a dental implant?

Dental implants have helped millions of people enjoy a restored smile. But they have only recently become widely popular, so it’s understandable that you may not be aware of exactly what they are and how they work.

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that Dr. Kim or Dr. Shin expertly places in your jaw. The titanium used for dental implants is the same medical-grade material that’s been safely used for decades in joint replacements.

After we place the implant, it is left to heal and form a secure, permanent bond with surrounding bone and tissue. This process is called osseointegration, and when it is complete, the implant will become a permanent part of your dental anatomy.

The implant acts as a replacement root for your tooth. Since the implant is secured in your jaw, it forms a stable foundation for the restoration to which it will be attached. We often use dental crowns to restore function, but depending on your needs, we can also use bridges or dentures.

Getting a dental implant is a big decision, and you deserve to have all the information you need about the procedure and the results. Please call our Little Elm, TX dental office so we can arrange a convenient consultation to discuss your needs.

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