Harvard Health Letter

Dental implant reality check

A dental implant is a small titanium post that’s surgically placed into the jawbone. In time, it fuses with the bone and provides a base for a porcelain replacement tooth that will later be screwed into the implant. After surgery, it’s important to avoid crunchy and sticky foods and stick to a soft diet until the gums heal. In older adults, dental implants are typically used to replace one or two missing teeth or to anchor a bridge or dentures to keep them secure during chewing and speaking.
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