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Dental implants have been around for over 40 years but only recently have they become more commonly done in the general dental practice. Dr. Daniel Huigens DDS in LaVerne, CA has been trained in placing implants. It is important to know that Dr. Huigens uses only high quality implants made in the USA.
What is an implant?
Implants are made from a type of metal with a special coating and replaces the root of a missing tooth. Bone then actually grows on to the implant over a few months time. A healing cap is placed on the implant or sometimes a temporary crown is placed during healing. After about 4 months the implant is ready to be restored with an implant crown.
Implants can replace an existing tooth or teeth, sometimes an implant can be placed at the time a tooth is taken out.
Daniel Huigens DDS will also refer you to a specialist for more complicated implants requiring an oral surgeon.
"4 on 4" is a term you may have been hearing on the tv or radio where 4 or more implants are placed to secure a denture. Most cases a temporary denture is worn until the implants heal.