The Best Implant Dentist in Canton, Ohio
Are you self-conscious because you have missing teeth? Do you wear dentures that are uncomfortable? Have you thought about getting a bridge but don’t want good tooth structure removed? Then dental implants may be the right option for you.
And the best implant dentist in the Canton, Ohio area is Mallette Dental!
Canton’s One-Stop Implant Dentist: Dr. Jeff Mallette
Some dental offices claim to offer implant dentistry as a service. But in reality, what they really do is “sell” implants. Then they send out all of the highly-technical portions of that specialized implant work all along the way.
Canton’s Dr. Jeff Mallette is different. He is one of the few dentists in the entire country who completes all of the dental implant processes in-house.
For you, that means no driving to different offices for each of the steps involved with a custom implant.
No working with different technicians or dentists at different stages in the process.
When you visit Mallette Dental for an implant, Dr. Mallette and his staff will be the only people you work with, and the only office you visit. That’s from initial consultation, through selection, fitting and implant placement, all the way until the final setting of the permanent crown or bridge.
Mallette Dental is a state of the art, high-tech, one-stop-shop for implant dentistry. No outsourcing here!
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Stark County’s Dental Implant Specialists
Dr. Jeff Mallette and his staff have successfully helped thousands of patients look and feel better through implant dentistry. The team at Mallette Dental truly are Greater Canton’s dental implant specialists.
When done correctly, dental implants will blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth. Implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. In fact, the continuing development of implant technology is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the last 40 years.
Dental implants are made up of titanium, porcelain and other sturdy materials that are compatible with the human body. Posts are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw, where they function as an anchor for replacement crowns, bridges, and even full dentures. High-quality implants are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile, and look just like your real teeth.
Implants work, too: more than 5 million implants are placed each year by dentists in the United States. Mallette Dental frequently uses Straumann components, the most trusted maker of high-quality dental implant hardware in the world.
The Benefits of Implants from Mallette Dental
Implants offer firm support to man-made teeth. Dentures, bridges or single teeth attached to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth – a very important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit also helps man-made teeth feel more natural than typical bridges or dentures. And some people may find implant-supported dentures more comfortable than dentures that do not use implants.
If you are missing one or more teeth, there are many reasons why you should replace them:
• You may not like how the gap looks when you smile.
• Missing teeth may affect how you speak.
• A missing molar tooth can make it harder to chew.
• When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the teeth around it can shift.
• Bone loss can occur around the missing tooth. This may cause the remaining teeth to become loose over time.
• Loss of teeth and bone can make your face sag. You may look older.
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Types of Implants Available to our Canton, Ohio Patients
Single Tooth Implants
The single tooth implant replaces the missing tooth’s roots. A single tooth implant is a stand-alone unit and does not involve treating the teeth next to it.
Implant-Supported Bridges and Dentures
Dental implants can be used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. The implant-supported bridge replaces the lost natural teeth and some of the tooth roots. Unlike traditional bridges, an implant-supported bridge does not need support from the teeth next to it.
If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture can replace the missing teeth and some of the tooth roots. Because the dental implants integrate or “fuse” with the jawbone, an implant-supported denture tends to be comfortable and stable, allowing you to bite and chew naturally.
What Is Involved in the Implant Procedure?
Many kinds of implants are available. Treatment can take only one day, or it can take several months, or somewhere in between. Dr. Mallette can discuss which type of implant is best for you.
Getting an implant usually involves three basic steps:
Placement of the Implant
Dr. Mallette will carefully locate where the implant should be placed, using state-of-the-art 3-D X-rays and other digital pictures. Then the dentist will surgically place the implant into the jawbone. You may have some swelling or tenderness after surgery, so the doctor may prescribe some pain medicine to ease this discomfort. During the healing process, you may be able to eat some soft foods if the dentist approves it.
The Healing Process
What makes an implant so strong is that the jawbone grows around it and holds it in place. This process, called osseointegration (OSS-e-o-in-te-GRAY-shun), takes time. It may be several months before the implant is completely integrated into the bone. Only then should the patient get the permanent replacement tooth or teeth. In many cases, the implant and temporary replacement teeth can be placed in one visit.
Placement of the Implant Teeth
Finally, it’s time for the placement of the final artificial tooth or teeth. For a single tooth implant, Mallette Dental will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants.
The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, we may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are in good general health and your jaw can support an implant, this treatment may be a good option for you. Your health is more important than your age.
However, implants are not an option for everyone. Patients should be in good health or cleared by their physicians before scheduling any implant surgery. They should have enough jawbone to support the implant or be able to have surgery to build up the jawbone. Bone can be built up with a bone graft or with sinus lift surgery.
Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and leukemia, may slow healing after surgery. Implant treatment may not be a good option for patients with these illnesses. Tobacco use also can slow the healing process.
If Dr. Mallette does recommend implant treatment, careful oral hygiene is essential for the success of the implant. You must spend time caring for the implant and making sure the area around it is very clean. If not, you might increase your risk for gum disease, which can weaken the bone and tissues needed to support the implant.
Other Things to Consider About Implants
You should discuss implant treatment carefully with Dr. Mallette. Dental implant treatment can take longer and cost more than other replacement options. But dental implants are often a good value because they can last a lifetime.
Regular dental visits are key to the long-term success of your implant. Mallette Dental will set up a program to help you keep your implant and natural teeth healthy.
Mallette Dental also will suggest a home-care routine that meets your needs. It will include brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. You also may be advised to use a special toothbrush or mouth rinse to help prevent cavities and gum disease.
Learn About Implants from Mallette Dental
Come visit our Canton offices and talk with us about dental implants. We can show you potential results and help you decide if a dental implant treatment is right for you. With careful treatment, planning and good oral care, dental implants can give you a healthy smile for a lifetime!
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