Negligible bone loss from dental implant placement, study finds

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In the five years after the placement of a dental implant – a popular replacement for missing teeth – a patient’s bone tissue changes only minimally, a University of Texas Health Science Center study has found. 
The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Periodontology, followed 192 patients with dental implants over a five-year period.
Dr David Cochran, study author and President of the American Academy of Periodontology, said: “As a periodontist, I am committed to saving my patients’ natural dentition whenever possible. However, the results of this study help further indicate that a dental implant is an effective and dependable tooth replacement option.
“Since the patient’s host tissue surrounding the dental implant largely remains unchanged in the five years following placement, the dental team can now focus on periodic assessment and treatment of other areas in the mouth as needed, and know that the implant is doing its job as a viable substitute solution.”
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