Dental Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry

A dental implant is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed to replace a lost tooth. These prostheses are constructed of three parts: the implant itself, which is inserted directly on the bone and serves as the root; the pillar, which serves as a union between the old tooth and the crown; and the replaced crown itself. Dental implants in Chicago are made from titanium, a material that is biocompatible, very strong, and durable; although dentistry has recently begun to use zirconium implants. But both tend to osseointegrate (merge with the bone) successfully, progressively solidifying the attachment to your jaw.

Placing implants happens through surgery and local anesthesia, although other types of sedation are used, depending on the characteristics of each patient. Although usually done in the doctor’s office, a patient may need to do the procedure in a hospital. The placement of this type of dental prosthesis is made in three stages. First, the implant is inserted into the jawbone, below the gum level. Once the wound has healed, part of the gum covering the implant must be removed. In the second phase, which is usually done within 1-3 months, the dentist will ensure that osseointegration occurred and proceeds to place the pillar. This is where the gums heal around the implant, but it should be protected from chewing forces to facilitate healing. The final step is the placement of the prosthesis.

At present, however, cosmetic dentistry professionals will offer to perform implant placement in a single phase. In reality, this is not so, as a second surgery exposes the implant. Patients must spend a minimum of one month so osseointegration can occur. During this time, the gums can heal properly and the dentist can proceed with the procedure. The success rate currently stands at around 97%, although it is not free of complications, like any other surgical procedure

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