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There is some confusion in the understanding of this term and many patients do not distinguish between “implant” and “anchor tooth”.

The anchor tooth is a tooth which has been devitalized (with an empty root canal system). It is strengthened with a dental post which will restore the missing part of the dental crown. Called by practitioners “Inlay-Core”, this is a solution which is used when the tooth root is still present and able to receive this type of treatments.

The dental implant or tooth implant is an artificial root in pure titanium, directly inserted in the jaw bone.

Dental implant surgery uses exactly the same process as in bone traumatology for all post-accidental restoration.

Dental implants have brought a true revolution avoiding, very often, the wear of a mobile prosthesis (dentures). You will find the same aesthetic and chewing effectiveness as with your own teeth. This is an exact restoration of your comfort and dental aesthetics.

This is a perfectly controlled technique. This being said, it requires a sufficient volume of bone and an attentive oral exploration to ensure a complete success.

8 implants to replace upper teeth

Mouth rehabilitation with 8 dental implants replacing upper teeth: 3 on the left of the picture, 5 on the right of picture.

Any risks of rejection?

The rejection of a titanium implant is extremely rare. A titanium implant is indeed made with a biocompatible material. Not biological as in a kidney transplantation for example, but simply a neutral material, which will be mechanically accepted by the bone. However osseointegration may not progress as planned. It is thus necessary to replace an implant at the same place which, in general, will perfectly integrate. This inconvenience happens on approximately 3 to 5% of cases done, particularly on heavy smokers.

Healing time

Healing time varies from patient to patient:
– the nature of the bone
– the implanted place
– the restoration which will be completed

The implant is an artificial root integrated in the bone which will consolidate during a period varying from 2 to 6 months depending on the circumstances.

A Crown, bridges or other type of implant-supported prosthesis, it is your practitioner who determines with you the type of desirable restoration.

It may be possible in certain circumstances and under certain conditions, to provide “immediate care” which allows to place the permanent restoration within one week after the implantation.

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Questions and answers

What’s the difference between implant and anchor tooth?

An implant replaces an extracted tooth whose root no longer exists. It is an artificial root. A dental post is introduced in the remaining root of a devitalized tooth and supports a crown or a jacket.

In which case must you place an implant?

When the extracted tooth or teeth do not allow to make a bridge, or when you do not want to support on healthy natural teeth. The implant is an artificial root integrated in the bone which will consolidate during a period from 2 to 6 months depending on the circumstances.

Dental implant pain: is it painful to have an implant placed?

A perfect control of local anesthesia and analgesics avoid any pain.

In which case must you place a dental post?

When a tooth has been devitalized and when the volume of the natural remaining crown is insufficient. The sealed dental post also called “inlay-core” will replace the missing volume.