At Legacy Dental Group, Drs. Bratcher, Stern, Macy and Hackney offer dental implants in Canton for patients missing one, two or even all of their teeth. Stable and lifelike, these prosthetics are anchored in the jaw bone. Could they replace teeth that you’ve lost and return your smile to excellent stability, function and aesthetics?
The Basics of the Dental Implant
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically inserted into the jaw where the natural root previously resided. Made of titanium metal, the implant screw and jaw bone bond directly together, giving the replacement tooth a solid foundation and exceptional longevity.
After the implant site heals and the device integrates to the bone (through a process known as osseointegration), the dentist in Canton attaches a metal alloy abutment post and porcelain crown. Dental implants also may support fixed bridgework and full dentures. Plus, at Legacy Dental Group, implant restorations are fabricated in-house by our own dental lab.
Who Can Receive a Dental Implant?
Adults and older teenagers who have lost a tooth due because of gum disease, extensive decay or oral injury may qualify for dental implant placement. The patient should be in good oral health, with no gum disease or active decay. Additionally, candidates are in good systemic health and do not smoke, although smoking does not totally eliminate the possibility of getting a dental implant. People undergoing cancer treatment, or young women who are pregnant should postpone this dental procedure.
Consistent oral hygiene habits are important to implant success and retention. Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing, along with professional cleanings every six months at Legacy Dental Group, support bone and gum health.
Additionally, implant patients must have sufficiently dense bone to support the dental implant devices. The dentists determine this by oral examination, digital X-rays and other modern imaging techniques.
The Lifespan of the Dental Implant
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that dental implants can be retained for a lifetime with good dental care. The dental crown which finishes the implant device above the gum line may require replacement in 10 to 15 years, just as a crown placed over a natural tooth does. However, the portion of the implant below the gums stays in place indefinitely.
Fortunately, dental implants do not decay. However, some devices fail because of peri-implantitis, an infection similar to advanced gum disease. Peri-implantitis frequently happens to smokers or to people who neglect oral hygiene. That’s why diligent aftercare and smoking cessation are so important to the success and retention of these prosthetics.
Should You Get an Implant?
A dental implant preserves the density and size of the jaw, avoiding the gum and bone recession inherent to tooth loss. Additionally, these tooth replacements are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth, and so, implant patients may smile, laugh, eat and speak with confidence.
Why not talk with our professional team about dental implants? Please contact Legacy Dental Group to arrange an implant consultation with one of our expert dentists. We’d love to help you achieve your very best smile.