What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial roots made of pure titanium that are placed at the jaw bone with the aim of substituting the roots of the lost dental pieces, creating a resistant and stable support on which the prosthetic components are fixed.
Who can place them and when?
It doesn’t matter whether the teeth have been lost through an accident, illness or cavities, as the implants are an excellent solution to any of these causes. However, not all the patients are apt for receiving an implant, thus, it’s necessary to consult a skilled professional to carry out a previous and detailed evaluation of the patient’s dental health, which will allow the professional to assess the patient on which the best treatment and/or technique are the most appropriate one for each particular case.
How is the surgical intervention performed?
The placing of dental implants involves three phases: the diagnosis, the dental placement and the tooth making. Generally, local anesthesia s used, though during long lasting intervention, an anesthesiologist can be called to apply intravenous motorized anesthesia. In neither of the cases the patient suffers from pain nor discomfort.
How long does the complete treatment last?
The waiting time between the implant placement and the prosthesis placement can be between sixty days and six months. Though in some cases the implant and the tooth can be placed during the same session.
What is osseointegration?
Osseointegration is the intimate connection through a biophysical phenomenon that produces the joint at the molecular level of titanium to the bone.
Are implants a long lasting solution?
Studies confirm that during at least the last ten years the implant success rate has been of a 95%, which means that implants remain within the mouth fulfilling their duty.
Are regular checks needed?
The dentist is the first to be concerned that everything goes on track. But bear in mind, not the only one. They will need of your daily collaboration as regards hygiene. If you happen to notice any anomaly on your prosthesis (a breakage of a piece, loosening or movement) do not hesitate to turn to your specialist immediately