Pose d’implants dentaires
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jaw bone in the position of a missing tooth. It enables the dentist to mount a replacement tooth in that area.
Titanium is a biocompatible material that is well accepted by human bone. In the 1950’s Professor Per Ingvar Branemark discovered the exceptional affinity of titanium for human bone. Titanium became the first known material to be totally biocompatible. He decided to explore this discovery to benefit completely edentulous people. Over time he developed an implant that replaces the root of a tooth and provides a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable prosthesis. In the mid-1980’s professor Branemark revealed his work to the international dental community and the results revolutionized modern dentistry.
The prosthetic treatment plan is specific to each case. The number of implants and the choice of restoration is determined after a thorough diagnosis and analysis by the dentist. Dental implants are essentially artificial dental roots which serve as an anchor for a crown, partial or complete prosthesis. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and because they fuse to the bone, they can be the best treatment for the replacement of missing teeth.
Your dentist will inform you about the best replacement options for your particular situation.
What are the stages of treatment?
Treatments involving implants require several months to complete depending on the case.
Three steps for dental implants:
1. The preparatory phase includes the development of an individualized treatment plan through full mouth examination, diagnosis and case study. Implantology involves multiple disciplines in dentistry. Many specialists are involved, including a team experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry.
2. The surgical phase is when the implant is placed into the jawbone. In some cases a bone graft is done before or during the implant placement.
3. The prosthetic phase consists of the fabrication and placement of the final crown or prosthesis. Since the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement tooth looks, feels and functions like your own natural tooth.
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