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A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegration, in which materials such as titanium form an intimate bond to bone. The implant fixture is first placed so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegration before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge or denture) is attached to the implant or an abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic.

Timing of implants after extraction of teethThere are different approaches to placement dental implants after tooth extraction. The approaches are:

Immediate loading procedure. Early loading (one week to twelve weeks). Delayed loading (over three months)

Immediate post-extraction implant placement.Delayed immediate post-extraction implant placement (two weeks to three months after extraction). Late implantation (three months or more after tooth extraction). There are also various options for when to attach teeth to dental implants, classified into:

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