An implant is a device used to replace one or more teeth. It is not meant to pivot, because it is anchored in the root of the tooth. When there is more root and it is desired to replace the tooth, dentists are left with several possibilities: either go with removable dentures, a bridge (non-removable prosthesis) or an implant. Dental implants in Canton are more often used, if requested by the patient. These can replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth, unlike bridges. But more often, patients do not want to mutilate healthy teeth (and neither do dentists).
What are implants?
An implant is a sort of titanium bolt, which is very well tolerated by the body. These devices are placed in a housing that is dug into the jaw bone. The only acceptable implants are those that have a cylindrical shape, because the place to create this housing is cylindrical and perfectly adapted to the diameter of the implant. The implant is in contact with both the internal bone environment, but also with the external environment (the gingiva, the oral cavity). Fortunately, the gums heal very well around the implant, which creates a barrier between the two media. This allows a success rate of around 97%.
Osseointegration (where the bone heals around the implant) is a must. This phase takes between three and six months, depending on whether the implant is placed on the upper or lower jaw. When healing is achieved, aesthetics is at play. The goal is, playing on the colors and shape of your teeth, giving the crown the appearance of a “real” tooth. The placement of an implant plays an aesthetic role, but also a functional one (each tooth has a role to play).
Bone loss and implants
People who are edentulous often have significant bone loss. However, it was long believed that they could not benefit from implants. This is not true. Dental Implants in Canton can be placed in accordance with the structures of the dental nerve (responsible for the sensitivity of the lip) or maxillary sinus, including those who do not have the proper amount of bone mass. This is thanks to different techniques in bone grafting. For more information on this, or other dental procedures, visit Makingbeautifulsmiles.com today.