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Implants

A dental implant replaces a missing tooth. It is placed in the bone under the gum and a crown is joined to it. The implant is made of titanium which is biocompatible, and an artificial tooth is attached to the titanium post.

Dr. Folwell has been trained in Los Angeles at the gIDE Institute and Loma Linda University to place implants. My Dentist uses Dr. Sam Chen and other specialists for the placement of more complex implants.

Their life expectancy ranges from 25 years to a lifetime as long as good professional and home care is carried out. Multiple implants can be inserted to replace multiple teeth especially where a loose-fitting denture needs stabilising.  This procedure also supports partial or full dentures.

There are many options available to replace missing teeth including:

Is a bridge better than an implant?

A bridge takes 2-3 weeks to be made. It requires no surgery as is required with an implant.

An implant can take between 3-6 months to complete due to the need for bone to heal around the implant. The adjacent teeth are kept in untouched condition with an implant placement.

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