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Dunkirk, MD 20754

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Q. What is an implant?

A: An implant is a metal or ceramic device that replaces the root of the natural tooth. After an implant is placed into the underlying bone, artificial teeth are attached to it. Implant treatment is usually provided by a team including an oral surgeon to place the implant and a dentist to fabricate the restoration and attach the tooth. There are many benefits with implants. They are the closest thing to the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. Dental implants help stop the progressive bone loss of the jawbone by substituting for the roots of natural teeth. For a patient the benefits affect everyday life. They restore proper chewing function so foods considered "difficult" to eat are no longer a struggle. They allow the patient to feel confident that replacement teeth won't move or loosen. They improve speech by eliminating or reducing the "fullness" of full or partial dentures. Implants eliminate painful gums associated with dentures and also the need for adhesives.