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Have you lost a permanent tooth because of decay, an oral accident, or another issue? Losing a tooth can make things like chewing and speaking harder than they need to be. In addition, a lost tooth can lessen your confidence. So, what can be done about a lost tooth? A dental implant can restore the beauty and functionality of your smile.

A dental implant is made up of three parts: 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 or dental bridge, replaces the visible portion of the tooth. The abutment serves as a connection between the implant post and the restoration.

To place a dental implant, Dr. Ercole and Dr. Geunes 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. The abutment will then be attached to the top of the implant post. Your regular dentist will then take impressions of the gap and the surrounding teeth so that your dental restoration can be created. When your restoration is complete, it will be attached to the dental abutment.

To learn more about dental implants in North Providence, Rhode Island, and to book a reservation with our dentists, feel free to contact Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C. at 401-353-1515 today.