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3 Things to Know Before Getting Dental Implants

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Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth, and many people consider them to be more aesthetically pleasing and convenient than dentures. Whereas dentures are removable, dental implants are permanent—and they look just like natural teeth. If you’ve been thinking of talking to a cosmetic dentist about implants, here’s what you should know.

Dental implants can replace a full arch of missing teeth

Dentists often place implants to replace one, two, or three missing teeth in the same patient. In fact, they can replace all of the teeth on the upper and lower jaws, and you won’t necessarily need one post implanted for each crown. Your dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for either the all-on-4 or all-on-6 techniques.

The above refers to the practice of fabricating a custom dental bridge with enough crowns to replace each missing tooth. The bridge is then affixed to either four or six dental implant posts, which are placed directly inside the jawbone. Thanks to this approach, patients can walk out of the dental office with brand new teeth in far less time than it would take to fabricate dentures!

You must be a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking

Smoking is problematic for many reasons. Not only does it cause oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth discoloration, it can also cause your dental implants to fail prematurely. This means they’ll have to be removed. In addition, smoking increases your risk of complications from oral surgery (along with every other type of surgery). It inhibits proper healing after surgery, as well. Furthermore, smoking causes the loss of bone mass, which may mean you lack sufficient jawbone density to support dental implants.

If you currently smoke, you could potentially still be a candidate for dental implants, but you absolutely must quit smoking first. Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation options.

Your dental implants don’t require special care

Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently secured within the jawbone. They don’t require any special care. You’ll simply take care of them just as you would care for your natural teeth. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once daily. Even though crowns can’t develop cavities, it’s still possible to develop gum disease if you don’t practice good oral hygiene—and this may lead to the failure of your implants. In addition, don’t forget to see the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam!

Schedule your consult for dental implants in Huntington

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we strive to make dental implants affordable and accessible to all. We believe everyone deserves a beautiful, complete smile that they aren’t afraid to show off. If you’re missing one or more teeth, or you’ve been told that you’re going to need an extraction, you’re invited to come talk to Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at our office in South Huntington, Long Island. Schedule your one-on-one consultation today!

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How Soon After Tooth Extraction Can I Have an Implant?

31 Oct 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

One of the largest concerns that patients have before receiving dental implants is just how long they will have to wait to have their permanent teeth put into place after having their damaged teeth extracted. The thought of having an empty smile can feel overwhelming and embarrassing. However, this isn’t really anything you should be worried about. For whatever amount of time you will need to wait before sporting your permanent smile (if you have to wait at all), there are always temporary solutions to save you from embarrassment.

How soon can I have implants after tooth extraction?

The average wait time between extraction and installing the implant can vary greatly from patient to patient and is something that should be discussed before beginning any procedure. This is because each case is different. Some patients may have suffered from dramatic bone loss in the jaw, which can require bone grafting—a procedure that takes time to do and heal. Other patients may have few complications (even if they have experienced a reduction in bone density in their jaw) and can be eligible to have their implants installed immediately.

Even if your implants require waiting, you can be provided with temporary dentures or caps in the meantime. Plus, the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term frustrations.

Same-day Dental Implants

With more than 3 million Americans receiving dental implants each year, there have been constant improvements to the procedures and technologies available. Now, many patients are able to receive their permanent implants the exact same day as their extractions—meaning you’ll walk in with damaged teeth and walk out smiling from ear to ear.

The smile you deserve is just around the corner!

Whether you can receive same-day dental implants or need to wait days or weeks before having permanent teeth put in place, the smile you deserve is just around the corner! Once your new, natural-looking teeth are in place, they are there for the long haul. Permanent dental implants will give you decades of smiling selfies, eating meals out with friends, kissing your partner, and loving the way you look.

If you have been contemplating dental implants, schedule a consultation with LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today. We’ll discuss the realities of the procedure and build you a personalized treatment plan so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Can You Replace All of Your Teeth With Implants?

11 Oct 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

When teeth are missing, it can be painful, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. Everything from old age, disease, improper care, and unexpected accidents can lead to unsightly missing teeth.

When a mouth has absent teeth, proper oral function can be limited. A person’s speech and ability to chew are often impacted, and self-confidence is also likely suffering.

Yet beyond those noticeable changes, there also can be imperceptible challenges. The digestive quality of food can decrease, causing more internal health problems in the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, such as increased inflammation, and decreased immunity and absorption of nutrients.

Additionally, when roots and gums are exposed, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through damages in the inner lining of blood vessels, leading to a number of further illness or disease.

When deciding on a treatment plan for missing teeth that is best for you, a Huntington, Long Island dental professional at LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can help you understand what’s right for your oral health.

Full mouth implants

In some cases, when multiple teeth are missing, a dental professional will recommend same-day dental implants for the entire mouth. This could include between six to eight replacements in the upper jaw, and another four to six implants in the lower jaw.

These implants can help a person restore proper function, health, and aesthetics to his or her mouth without the long lead-time. Full-mouth implants will restore the strong bite support needed to protect against bone loss, preserve the integrity of your facial structure, and provide full function for chewing.  A full mouth treatment can also:

  • Provide better support and be more comfortable than dentures
  • Improve self-confidence and cosmetic appearance
  • Last for decades and reduce the need for bone grafts

Unlike traditional dental implants, which require several visits and between three to six months of preparation – the benefit of a same-day, full-mouth replacement allows all the surgical work, including the crowns, to be performed at once. Using the latest 3D technology, patients receive new teeth without multiple and costly trips to the dentist.

Process for full-mouth dental implants

Dental implant surgery, whether involving singular or multiple teeth, is a customized process and a Huntington, Long Island dental expert can advise you on the size, shape, and type to suit your needs.

With same-day implants, the crown is installed along with the surgery, helping to minimize overall recovery time from a multi-step process. Overall, the recovery time typically takes four weeks for initial progress and up to six months for a full recovery.

Since no two patients have the same mouth, the cost of full-mouth dental implants will also vary between patients.

What to do next

Interested in getting same-day dental implants in Huntington, Long Island? Award-winning dentists, Dr. Elliot Koschitzki and Dr. Nick Augenbaum, of Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, will consult with you and provide you with world-class and compassionate care. Contact us today to schedule your one-on-one initial consultation!

Additional resources:

  1. Scientific American: How bacteria sneak into your blood stream through your mouth,
  2. American Academy of Implant Dentistry: What Are Dental Implants,
  3. Mayo Clinic, Dental Implant Surgery,

How the Future of Dentistry Will Be Tech-Driven

13 Sep 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

New technology developments in the dental field mean that dentists are able to help patients achieve healthier, more natural-looking smiles. It also makes dental work more accessible than ever, lowering the cost and amount of time it takes to straighten, clean, correct, and replace teeth. Now, that’s something to smile about!

Check out the emerging technologies that are changing the face of dentistry:

3D Printing

These high-tech printers are benefiting a variety of industries, printing out custom jewelry, art pieces, car parts, and even medical prosthetics and equipment. It also has a future in dental work, allowing dental offices to make custom aligners, veneers, crowns, and even dentures in-house, cutting back on the time and costs it takes to send molds to private specialists. In the future, patients will be able to expect to complete their dental work, from molds to permanent fittings, all in one visit.

Digital Impressions

This technology is something that more and more dental offices are sinking their teeth into. For many years, dentists relied on wax or clay molds to take impressions of a patient’s tooth in order to create custom-fitted crowns, aligners, etc. New technology allows computers to take impressions of patients’ teeth and design and manufacture custom dental fittings. This technology is not only quicker but is also more accurate, leading to better fittings and less cracked casts.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays, a safer and more effective alternative to traditional x-rays, aren’t exactly new this technology is still worth mentioning. Digitally capturing interior images of your teeth allows dental staff to instantly examine the photos at higher quality, making appointments faster and helping to better spot potential dental problems. It also uses 90% less radiation than conventional x-ray methods, making it much safer for patients.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Robots

It may seem like a scene out of sci-fi movie, but soon your dental visits could involve sitting down to a robot powered with artificial intelligence to do things like cleanings, filling cavities, extractions, inserting crowns or caps, and other minimally-invasive dental procedures. It may not be as far off as you think, either. The technology already exists, with dental robots successfully performing these procedures in other parts of the world. It might not be too long until AI-powered dental technicians become the new normal.

Dental Implants

Patients needing to replace missing teeth no longer have to struggle with the embarrassment of removable dentures that slip out of place when out to eat or talking with friends. Patients can now take advantage of dental implants, a more recent technology on the dental scene, which is a permanent screw-in tooth replacement. Dental implants not only stay in place, but they look and feel more natural and are easier to care for than dentures.

Schedule a consultation

Recent and emerging dental technologies are helping more and more patients find relief from unsightly and unhealthy dental issues. Solutions that used to be expensive, timely, and even painful are now more accessible than ever. If you would like to smile with more confidence, contact LI Dentistry for a one-on-one consultation and see how an experienced dentist and new technology can correct your smile.

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Can You Really Get New Teeth in One Day?

27 Aug 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

All on Four Dental ImplantsTooth loss is a difficult thing to live with. It makes you not want to smile and cringe whenever someone takes a picture. It can interfere with articulating words properly. And of course, tooth loss makes it difficult to bite into and chew food. The result is that your quality of life is greatly diminished. Tooth loss also affects your overall health, as you may have poor nutrition and increased bone loss in your jaw.

For all of these reasons, many patients are turning to dental implants for the solution. Dental implants are a fantastic alternative to dentures because they are permanently and securely anchored into the jawbone. The traditional method of placing dental implants requires a few months of waiting time. But with the innovative All-on-Four or All-on-Six procedure, you really can get your new smile in just one appointment!

“Many of our patients put off talking about dental implants because they heard that the wait time was really long. But now, we’re able to offer our patients new teeth in one day, and this really can change lives,” says Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Here’s how it works.

The new way to get dental implants

The All-on-Four and All-on-Six implant procedures are ideally suited for patients who have missing teeth along a full arch, either the upper or lower jaw—or both. These procedures are particularly exciting because they are often a good option for people who were previously told that they needed bone grafting surgery before getting dental implants. The specialized placement techniques of these procedures rarely require bone grafting, even if the patient has advanced bone loss.

The procedure itself is really quite simple. It involves placing either four or six implant posts into the jawbone at key intervals along the arch. Then, the dentist will securely affix the customized dental bridge to the posts. The bridge is like a denture, except that it’s securely fastened to the implant posts. The result is a beautiful, complete smile in just one treatment visit!

How to prepare for your appointment

You’ll need to have a consultation before going back in to get your new teeth. During your visit, you will likely need some x-rays taken to ensure you’re a good candidate and to plan your treatment. Be sure to disclose your full medical history, including any medications or supplements you take and any medical conditions you have. During this consult, you should also discuss your options for pain control and sedation.

Schedule your consult for new teeth in a day today!

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry look forward to speaking with you about your smile restoration options. During your consultation, you’ll receive a thorough oral examination to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the All-on-Four or the All-on-Six smile restoration procedure. You’ll receive all the information you need to make the best decision for your health and lifestyle. Schedule your consult today by calling our office in Suffolk County, Long Island.

Additional resources on dental implants:

  1. Colgate, What are Dental Implants?
  2. Mayo Clinic, Dental Implant Surgery,

Which Teeth Can Be Replaced With Dental Implants?

19 Aug 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Losing one or more teeth can have a significant effect on your ability to smile, eat, and speak with confidence. In the past, the only solution for replacing lost teeth was wearing a bridge or dentures. Thanks to major advancements in dental implantology, people of all ages can restore their smiles with a more permanent and convenient restoration.

Which teeth can be restored with dental implants?

You can have any number of teeth replaced with dental implants, whether it’s a single front tooth or several molars in the back of your mouth. In effect, you can have any tooth or teeth restored with implants as long as the underlying jawbone is healthy enough.

If you have gone years with missing teeth, it is not unusual for the jawbone to atrophy, which can limit the success rate of a dental implant.  However, there are multiple techniques that can be utilized to provide a strong and stable foundation for implant-supported teeth.

Depending on the situation, your dentist might recommend:

  • Bone grafting – this procedure helps to augment and regenerate the bone in your jaw where the implants will be placed. The bone graft takes about three months to generate new bone tissue.
  • Sinus augmentation – also known as a sinus lift, this procedure replaces bone tissue below the sinus cavity, where bone has atrophied due to missing upper molars.
  • Ridge expansion – In cases where the jaw is too narrow to support implants, bone grafting material is added to create more space along the top of your jaw.

Single and multiple tooth replacement solutions

Once your jawbone is deemed healthy enough to anchor an implant, you will be ready to have a functional and aesthetically-pleasing replica of your natural teeth. Implants act as artificial tooth roots upon which Dr. Elliot or Dr. Nick can build a custom-crown.

If you have a number of lost teeth that are next to each other, you can have single implants to replace each tooth, or the implants can be used to anchor an appliance, such as a partial denture or a bridge. Implants are versatile and are an effective treatment option for many circumstances, whether you need an entire arch replaced or just a couple of teeth.

The titanium posts of the implants need time to integrate with the bone to form a stable foundation. This period usually takes several months. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary crown or restoration.

Advantages of dental implants

Implants are not susceptible to cavities, and as long as you brush and floss daily and maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings, they can last you for 25+ years. Perhaps more importantly, implants will prevent further jawbone deterioration, and maintain the structural integrity of your face. Implants look and feel most like your natural teeth, giving you the freedom to smile, laugh and enjoy the foods you love. Because implants are permanent, you never have to deal with messy adhesives or slipping dentures again.

Restore your smile in Suffolk County

Contact Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a free dental implant consultation. You’ll be surprised just how affordable a new, beautiful smile can be! Reach out to our Rocky Point office today by calling 631.296.0588.

Additional Resources:

  1. AAID, Types of implants and techniques
  2., Single tooth dental implants

Are Dental Implants Safe?

11 Jul 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Every year, thousands of Americans turn to dental implants to replace lost or missing teeth. For most people, dental implants are a reliable and long-lasting solution to improve functionality, oral health, aesthetics and — perhaps most importantly — one’s confidence.

Dental implant surgery has come a long way in recent years, and when performed by a skilled dentist, this procedure is one of the safest with predictable outcomes. Implants not only remove the daily frustrations that often accompany removable dentures, but they can also help preserve underlying bone tissue, preserving facial structure for years to come.

Unlike other restorations that are temporary fixtures, implants are intended to last for decades. This is because the metal posts of the implants fuse to the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for the custom-made crowns. Implants will look and feel like your natural teeth and reduce the risk of future bone deterioration.

But what are the potential risks of dental implants, and are they really a safe option for transforming your smile?

Potential risks of dental implant surgery

Just like any kind of surgery, dental implant placement carries a risk of complications. Before undergoing any type of oral surgery, it’s best to speak with your dentist about what to expect, which includes the possibility of the following problems:

  • Infection
  • Sinus problems
  • Damage to adjacent blood vessels or nerves
  • Allergic reaction to implant material
  • Implant break or fracture
  • Dental implant rejection/failure

It bears noting that dental implants have a 95% success rate, and when properly cared for, these replacement teeth can last a lifetime. When implants do fail, it can happen shortly after the surgery, or even months later.

Patients who smoke, have diabetes, cancer or a suppressed immune system may not be ideal candidates for dental implants. This is because the body will not have the full capacity to heal itself, putting patients at greater risk for infection and implant failure.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants have been used with great success for more than 50 years, and are widely considered the gold standard for replacing one or multiple missing teeth. However, there are inherent risks, which can increase marginally when a bone graft is needed to provide extra support for the implants.

There are distinct contraindications that minimize the safety and success rate of implants. These include people with:

  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Untreated periodontal disease
  • Untreated tooth decay
  • Extraction sites that have not yet healed
  • Insufficient jaw bone density to support an implant

This isn’t meant to discourage those with health concerns about the possibility of getting dental implants. A recent study found that diabetic patients who are able to maintain stable blood sugar levels are not at risk for serious implant complications, and advances in bone grafting have made it possible for implant placement in people who were once told they could never have them.

Affordable dental implants in Suffolk County

Contact Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry to find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are experts in implant dentistry and offer Suffolk County residents some of the best prices for All-on-4, All-on-6, and same day dental implants. Request your appointment today!

Additional Resources:

  1. Medical Life Sciences News, Dental Implant Risks
  2. Mayo Clinic, Dental Implant Surgery
  3. AAOMS, Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental Implant Recovery Timeline: How Long Does It Take to Heal?

25 May 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Dental ImplantDental implant technologies and techniques have been perfected over the past few decades. Today, patients can look forward to restoring their smiles with a straightforward procedure. However, even though the surgery itself has a favorable safety profile, it’s still an invasive procedure and patients should expect some downtime afterward. Your cosmetic dentist will help you prepare to have a healthy recovery.

Immediately after the surgery

You’ll need a responsible adult to take you home and stay with you for a while afterward. If you had sedation, you may feel a little groggy and slow. Just take it easy and get plenty of rest for the next 24 to 48 hours.

It’s common to have some bleeding at the surgical site. You’ll leave the cosmetic dentistry office with gauze on the area. You should bite down on the gauze firmly for the first hour. Try to avoid spitting and rinsing, as this may increase the bleeding. Don’t use a straw until the area has healed, as this will dislodge the blood clot. If bleeding continues after the first hour, you can moisten a green tea bag and place it over the surgical site.

Managing discomfort and swelling

Any dental surgery can be expected to cause side effects like swelling and discomfort. You can limit the swelling by applying an ice pack, wrapped in a clean towel, to the exterior of your jaw. Apply it for 20 minutes, take a break for 20 minutes, and then reapply it, and so on for the first 24 to 48 hours. The swelling should begin to subside within three to four days.

Follow the directions on your pain medication carefully. If your pain isn’t well controlled, don’t take an extra dose of prescription pain medicine. Instead, your pharmacist or dentist may direct you to take an OTC drug like Tylenol. Do not take any OTC drugs without confirming with the pharmacist or dentist that the new medication will not result in bleeding or a drug-drug interaction.

Returning to normal activities

Everyone heals at a different rate. You should expect to rest quietly at home for at least two days. Some people find that they can resume light activities after 48 hours. Avoid strenuous activities for at least three to four days. By this point, you should no longer need strong pain medication. You should avoid driving or operating machinery until you’re no longer taking prescription pain medication.

Avoid hot foods and drinks for at least 24 hours after surgery. Eat soft foods like cottage cheese, yogurt, ripe bananas, and ice cream. Follow this soft food diet for a few days, gradually reintroducing foods that require more chewing.

Planning dental implant surgery in Long Island, Suffolk County

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are leading specialists in cosmetic dentistry, including smile restorations with dental implants. We’ll customize a treatment plan that fits into your schedule and budget. Schedule a one-on-one consultation at our office in Long Island to find out whether dental implants are a good choice for you. Get in touch today!

Additional resources on dental implants:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Dental Implant Surgery,
  2. American Dental Association, Dental Implants,

How Long Does It Take to Heal From Dental Implants?

8 Apr 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Dental ImplantDental implants are a permanent way to replaced damaged or missing teeth, and present an effective solution for a variety of injuries to the facial structure. While many patients are able to resume their normal activities within a day or two after the procedure, ensuring optimal results from a dental implant surgery involves some follow-up.

Implant Placement and Healing

Replacing a tooth starts with a procedure to place the anchoring bridge for the implant into the jaw bone. While the surgery itself takes just a single afternoon, the full process of taking root, known as osseointegration, can take up to 6 months depending on the individual patient in question. Once the osseointegration process is finished, your dental implant will perform just like an organic tooth, and you can use it to chew a variety of food without a problem.

The recovery process should involve minimal pain, typically requiring only over the counter medications such as ibuprofen to help manage any discomfort. Most of our clients have their oral sutures removed about two weeks after surgery, and after this time usually do not need any special care outside of regular dental maintenance.

Special Considerations

If your need for a dental implant stems from a failing tooth that needs to be extracted before a replacement can be installed, the healing process is extended. This is to allow the bone structure supporting the failing tooth to heal entirely before our surgery team can place a permanent implant to restore the tooth’s functionality. There may also be a healing period required for damage to the surrounding gums and soft tissue if the implant is needed because of facial trauma.

Bone Grafts

Alternatively, your dentist may suggest the placement of a temporary graft in the tooth socket to create a defined space for the implant as the bone heals. The necessity of a bone graft can also substantially impact the overall time it will take for your smile to be fully restored. Grafting is an effective treatment option for patients that lack healthy bone at the site of implant placement, encouraging your body to develop a new and healthier dental structure.

Dental implants can look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, but there is some recovery time required. The full healing and integration process can take months, but patients can most often enjoy their favorite foods and pursuits within just a few weeks. Talk to our friendly staff to learn more about dental implants as a corrective treatment option.

Additional resources:

  1. Web MD, 9 Tips to Recover from Oral Surgery,
  2. Colgate, What You Need To Know About A Dental Implant Procedure,

Can You Have a Full Mouth of Dental Implants?

7 Mar 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Whether you’re missing a few teeth or large sections of your dental structure, dental implants can be an easy and effective way to restore your smile to its natural brilliance. The experts at Innovative Oral Surgery can even replace all of your teeth with an All-on-4 or All-on-6 dental implant solution, leaving you with attractive and natural looking results.

Full Mouth Implants

All-on-4 or All-on-6 implants offer a range of advantages over conventional dentures, looking and functioning just like natural teeth and engineered to endure long-term. They also allow our patients to retain more ability to bite and chew.

Our full implant options also deliver benefits below the surface. Tooth loss can cause recession of the jawbone if left untreated, leading to a collapsed and sunken look. Full mouth dental implants prevent the bone that surrounds teeth from deteriorating over time. These implants also fuse with your jawbone over time, preserving its strength and integrity.

Transform Your Smile

Transforming your smile with full mouth dental implants is a relatively simple process, but must be performed over a few months. First, the base of the implants is positioned in your jawbone and left to integrate with your bone to form stable anchors for your new teeth. The process takes anywhere from 8 weeks to half a year depending on your body’s healing factor, and we can provide a temporary tooth replacement to wear over the site in the meantime.

When the implant platforms have fully set within the jawbone, we will ensure the anchors are properly exposed before attaching extensions and other connective components to complete the foundation on which your permanent teeth can be attached. Once your gums heal completely from this part of the process, your teeth can be placed onto the anchors by clipping them onto the connective components.

Full Implant Maintenance

Because full dental implants attach directly to the bone, they do not require removal for cleaning like conventional dentures. Dental implants perform just like your old teeth, and you can talk, chew, and smile with confidence once your procedure is complete.

All-on-4 and All-on-6 dental implants can be cared for very similarly to natural teeth, and we recommend brushing twice a day with a silica-based toothpaste, as well as daily flossing to keep particles and debris from building up. We also advise our patients to have their implants examined by our dentists a few times yearly.

Talk to LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today about upgrading to a permanent tooth replacement solution.

Additional resources:

  1. Web MD, Dental Implants,
  2. MouthHealthy, Implants,
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