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Dental implants are becoming more and more popular.  If you need an extraction (tooth pulled), you can replace the missing tooth with a dental implant.  Dr. Lann has placed many dental implants and is pleased with their success rate.  Dental implants have success rates approaching 98%.  In fact, in over 100 implants that Dr. Lann has surgically placed in the last 5 years, only two were rejected by the patient’s body early after placement.   After the implant heals (Osseo-integrates), a special component called an abutment is screwed into the implant.  Then, a custom crown is made to fit over the abutment/implant fixture.  This crown can be made to screw on or it can be made to be cemented onto the abutment.  Currently, a dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth.  Dental implants can also be placed to support a complete upper and/ or lower denture.  Dr. Lann often places implants in the lower jaw to support and hold a lower denture in place.  Implants can drastically improve the way a denture fits by preventing unnecessary movement while chewing.  Dr. Lann says, “If I need a tooth extracted, I will most definitely replace the tooth with a dental implant.  It’s the next best thing to a natural tooth!”  If you or someone you know wants to learn more about dental implants, please feel free to contact Dr. Lann’s office for a consultation.  Please follow this link to learn more about dental implants.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_implant#Success_rates