llustrations: Placing an Implant

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1. An incision is made in the gum where the implant will be placed.

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2. A hole is drilled in the bone.

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3. The implant is placed into the hole in the bone.

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4. The incision is stitched closed.

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5. After healing, a new incision is made over the implant. A metal piece called a healing cap usually is screwed on top of the implant to guide the tissue as it heals. Later, this is replaced by a permanent part, called an abutment (pictured). It is used to support a crown.

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