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Dental implant basics: Single-tooth replacement

 If you plan to have your tooth extracted, you need to consider whether or not you plan for replacing that missing tooth with a dental implant.

If you lose the tooth, the socket will collapse resulting in a thin area of bone. If you plan to replace it with a dental implant you should consider having a barrier and are bone graft placed in that site. This will leave you with more bone for a better implant result.

Usually, a dental implant is placed about 4 months after the tooth is extracted.

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Dr. Charles R Bloomer

Dr. Bloomer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from McMurry University in 1976.

He has published many health related articles.

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