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Have you ever wondered…

Are people 85 and over good candidates for dental implants?
Should dentists recommend dental implants over conventional dentures in older individuals?
How old is too old for dental implants?

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Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Other options can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities of everyday life.

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Retired New York school superintendent Richard Varriale knows how to get the job done. When one of his upper molars was pulled after it had become re-infected years after root canal therapy, Richard could tell right away that leaving an empty space in his mouth would not be a good idea for the long term.

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A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth replacement that is held in place by a surgically-implanted, tooth-sized titanium root. Dental implants are go-to choice for teeth replacement for many Americans and their dentists. Why? Because while solving the issues of appearance of missing teeth, dental implants also provide some very important long-term benefits that other tooth replacement options don’t.

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Perhaps you’ve heard about dental implant surgery — or maybe you’ve been told you are a candidate for the procedure. You may already know that today, implants are the “gold standard” of tooth replacement options. It’s no wonder why: They have a documented success rate of over 95%, and can last a lifetime. But if you’re put off by the thought of implant surgery, then it may be reassuring to learn the following five facts.

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For years, the only option that people suffering from tooth loss could pursue to restore the structure and function of their mouth was dentures. Fortunately, advances in the field of dental technology have made more options available, including dental implants. However, many people shy away from this treatment option because they believe some common dental implant myths. By dispelling some of these myths and learning the truth about the process, you can make a more informed decision about whether dental implants are right for you.

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Bone grafting is a safe and highly successful procedure that involves “building up” or adding bone to the jaw by using your own natural bone from another location and/or by using donor, processed, or synthetic bone materials.

Bone grafts are often performed in the implant dentist’s office using local anesthesia to numb the areas that will be involved.
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