What are Dental Implants?
Choosing to invest in dental implants is a major decision for many patients. So what are dental implants? In order to give you a clear description of what they are and how they work, we’ll break it down for you.
At John M. Conness, DDS, FAGD, FICOI, DICOI, we want to help you make an informed decision by explaining the procedure, benefits, and overall function of dental implants.
Made from a biocompatible material, the fixture is the part of the dental implant that gets attached into your jawbone during the first step of the procedure. Because the post is made of biocompatible titanium material, the implant post is able to bond with your jawbone in the same manner as the root of your natural teeth would, through the process of osseointegration.
The abutment is the connecting piece between the fixture and the crown. Once the fixture and your jaw have completed osseointegration, Dr. Conness will place the abutment in the middle part of the implant in order to complete the dental implant procedure.
In the last step of the procedure, the crown, which is made of porcelain, is mounted on top of the implant as the finishing touch. The crown is the prosthetic tooth that fills in the empty gap in your smile. Our Ottawa implant dentist will ensure that your crown is made to fit you and will look much like the rest of your teeth, natural and flawless.
The osseointegration period is a crucial part of the implant placement procedure. If the fixture fails to fuse with the jawbone, the entire process can be stalled due to early signs of implant failure. When the post is given adequate time to heal, dental implants have a high success rate of over 95% and only rarely reject a titanium post.
The discovery of titanium as a perfect material for dental implant fixtures was made by Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish researcher in 1952. Once the discovery was made, it marked the beginning of what is now revolutionized dentistry. Without this important discovery, we wouldn’t have the advantage that we do now.
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