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Have you lost an adult tooth because of decay, an oral accident, or another issue? Losing a tooth can make simple things like chewing and speaking no longer so simple. In addition, a lost tooth can mar the appearance of the smile. So, what can be done about a lost tooth? A dental implant can restore the beauty and performance of your smile.

A dental implant is made up of three aspects: a titanium implant post, an abutment, and a dental restoration. The titanium implant post replaces the root of the tooth and is designed to fuse with the jawbone. The dental restoration, like a dental crown, replaces the portion of the tooth that sits above the gums. The abutment connects the implant post with the dental restoration.

To place a dental implant, Drs. Paletta and Banki will first surgically place the implant into the jawbone. During the healing process, which may take a few months, the implant post will fuse with the jawbone. This fusing process makes the implant a durable, long-lasting part of your smile. The abutment will then be attached to the implant post. Your regular dentist will then take impressions of the gap and the surrounding teeth, which will be used to create your tooth restoration. When your restoration is ready, it will be attached to the dental abutment.

If you would like more information about dental implants in Warwick, Rhode Island, and to set up an appointment with our oral surgeons, contact MSL Surgery at 401-739-5500 today.