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People lose teeth for many reasons. Fractures, decay, or of failing old dental work, and gum disease are common ones. Some people are born without some or all their adult teeth too. Dental implants work well in all these situations because they mimic the form and function of natural teeth.
Although the whole unit is usually referred to as a “dental implant,” the implant itself is what’s surgically placed. It fuses to your jawbone and serves as the root. Above that is an abutment, which connects the “root” to the implant crown or denture (often called a prosthesis ).