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Jaw Dropper: What do you know about dental implants?
by Staff
Losing a tooth is nothing to smile about, and replacing lost teeth with dentures or ill-fitting partials can make you keep your mouth shut. Dental implants, however, can actually bridge the gap in a very natural, comfortable way. But some factors make them worthy of a grimace more than a grin -- these things don't come easy. Know why? Take the test.

Dental implants are made of durable acrylic.

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Implants are particularly effective for people with advanced gum disease.

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Getting dental implant surgery involves about two months of appointments before the new artificial teeth are placed in the mouth.

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A full mouth of implants can cost more than $40,000.

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Dentures that fit over the gums and some remaining teeth are less damaging to surrounding teeth than implants.

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Children who have missing permanent teeth are excellent candidates for dental implants.

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Local anesthesia is typically all that's needed for dental implant surgery.

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Dental implants need to be replaced every seven to 10 years.

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You can't take a dental implant in and out.

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If you don't have jaw bones that are thick or hard enough, you cannot get dental implants.

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Because it is an invasive surgery, the first part of dental implant procedures has to be done in a hospital.

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Osseointegration is the process of joining implanted teeth together with natural teeth for added support.

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Insurance covers most implant procedures because they are surgical.

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An osteopathic surgeon specializes in dental implant surgery.

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It's important to use denture cleaners on dental implants.

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Dental implants do not require flossing.

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You will have to change your diet considerably in order to have dental implants and to keep them.

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Dental implants fail about 5 percent of the time.

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Implants are not a good idea for people who are very advanced in age.

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Dental implant surgery is only about 15 years old, so costs should start going down in five years or so.

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