Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth. The implant is added to the jawbone and substitutes for the roots of the missing tooth. The implant procedure can be done by a dentist, periodontist, prosthodontist, or oral surgeon. It takes several appointments and is done over a period of 3-6 months.
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Potential problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your dentist will review potential problems, like:
- Infection at the implant site
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Injury or damage to nearby teeth
- Nerve damage
- Sinus problems if implants were placed in the upper jaw
- Implant is rejected by your body
Talk to your dentist about these risks before the procedure.
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