Illustrations: Placing an Implant

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1.The implant is placed into the hole in the bone.                 2. A hole is drilled in the bone.                
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3. The implant is placed into the hole in the bone.                 4. The incision is stitched closed.                
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5. After healing, a new incision is made over the implant. A metal piece called a healing cap usually is screwed on top of the implant to guide the tissue as it heals. Later, the healing cap is removed. Then a permanent part, called an abutment (pictured), is screwed onto of the implant. It is used to support a crown.                 6.The crown, which is made to look like a natural tooth, is cemented or screwed onto the abutment.                

Illustrations created by Simple Steps designers Kelly Farrington and Glenna Hartwell

09/25/13

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Most dental implants are successful, and there are a few steps you can take to help ensure success and make your implant last.

  • Practice good oral hygiene – brush twice a day and floss once daily. Using interdental brushes, brushes that slide between teeth, can help clean the hard to reach areas around your implant.

  • Quit smoking – smoking can weaken the bone structure and can contribute to implant failure.

  • Visit your dentist – cleanings and exams every six months can help ensure your implant is in good condition, and that it stays that way.

  • Avoid chewing on hard foods – don’t chew on hard items such as ice and hard candy because they can break the crown and your natural teeth.