How many times have you found yourself procrastinating out of fear? “Getting my tooth replaced is going to cost too much.” “I will miss too much time from work.” “I will have to make several lengthy appointments.” “I am too fearful of the potential pain.”
What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. Just as a natural tooth comes in two pieces: a root and a crown, so does an implant. The root is the most important section as it is the foundation for the cap—or the visible section that would be covered in enamel. The root makes the tooth functional.
Modern replacements are typically titanium because of its bio-compatible capabilities. Essentially, the titanium root will fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration works to lock the implant permanently in place. Osseointegrated implants offer the best foundation for a prosthetic tooth.
Once the foundational implant is placed, the cap or visible tooth replacement, can be placed. The cap can be custom molded in a dentist office or a lab and color-matched to the surrounding teeth for a virtually seamless new artificial tooth that cosmetically and functionally matches the other teeth in the jaw.
Most dental implants are out-patient surgeries performed in a dentist office. For extreme cases, a patient may be referred to a hospital environment. Some patients choose just local anesthesia for the procedure while others prefer sedation by nitrous oxide or oral or intravenous sedation.
The most common method of dental implantation is a three-step process. The first step implants the titanium base under the gums near the bone so that osseointegration can begin. During the second step, the dentist will adhere an abutment to the base. Once these two “root” structures are in place and have begun to heal, the final, cosmetic prosthetic can be placed over the abutment.
In some instances, at the discretion of the dentist, the implantation process can be done in one-step. However, the three-stage approach is the most widely conducted so that the titanium root can begin to fuse to the bone.
Address the Fears: Contact Our Offices Today
Today’s modern dental implants are over 90% effective. Osborne Family Dental is a friendly, modern private practice located in North Canton, Ohio since 2005. Dr. Robert Osborne and his experienced staff are highly trained experts. The team prides itself on keeping their skills and tools on the cutting edge to maximize the effectiveness of their procedures, minimize your downtime and pain, and get the best quality cosmetic and functional tooth replacement at Osborne.