What is Implantology?
Implantology is the area of Dentistry dedicated to replacing lost teeth with dental implants, providing a fixed, safe, comfortable, and aesthetic solution.
What is a dental implant and what is it used for?
Implants are cylindrical parts that are biocompatible with human tissue and function as artificial roots to replace lost natural roots. These roots will function as abutments where single crowns (in case of loss of only one tooth), small bridges (in case of loss of more than one tooth), or total fixed prosthesis (in case of loss of all teeth in the arch) will be placed.
The replacement of lost teeth guarantees the maintenance of chewing function, with advantages to the facial muscles and stabilization of the joint strength, avoiding muscular and joint pain or headaches. It also improves phonetics as well as respiratory and gastrointestinal function.
Endurance and durability
The implants are made of extremely resistant and long-lasting materials. In addition, they have an excellent ability to bond to the bone and remain stable over several years.
They allow the placement of fixed crowns that are very similar in size, shape, and texture to your natural teeth, and are therefore extremely comfortable. So that you can chew, talk, breathe and smile without any concerns.
The crowns placed on implants are manufactured in a fully customized way so that they integrate seamlessly into your smile. You will no longer have black spaces in your smile and will be able to smile with confidence.
Surgery: The implants are placed in a simple and short surgery, performed at the dentist’s office with local anesthesia and the aid of mild forms of sedation, so that everything takes place painlessly and comfortably. The implants are placed in the bone according to the previously defined treatment plan. It may be necessary to use bone or gum grafting to ensure a better prognosis.
We guarantee a close follow-up throughout the post-operative period, both by telephone and with post-operative consultations.
As a guarantee, we give you a passport which includes all the specifications of your implants.
Prosthetic Rehabilitation: As soon as possible, provisional crowns are placed on the implants, sometimes on the same day as the implants are placed. After the correct healing of the tissues and bone integration of the implant, the definitive crowns are then placed, and the implant becomes similar to a natural tooth in terms of function, aesthetics, and comfort.
Maintenance phase: The maintenance phase is crucial to ensure the durability of your implants. This is how the patient is taught hygiene care and review appointments are scheduled.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can i get implants if i have little bone?
The more bone there is, the more likely it is that an implant can be placed. However, nowadays there are several therapeutic options to replace lost gum or bone, allowing implant placement in areas with little bone, in a stable and safe way.
How long does an implant last?
If the patient maintains hygiene and oral health care, as well as regular maintenance visits to the dentist, an implant can last for several years and even for the rest of the patient’s life.
How can i take good care of my implants?
The process of taking care of dental implants is similar to taking care of your natural teeth. Patients should carry out their normal hygiene, such as brushing their teeth, floss and/or use an oral irrigator. Diet changes are not necessary, but it is important to keep in mind that anything that can break teeth can also damage the implants (nut shells, fruit stones, breaking objects with your teeth, biting your nails, etc.). It is also essential to schedule regular visits to your dentist to perform a complete oral maintenance.
Does it hurt to get an implant?
Just like any current dental procedure, the implants are placed under anesthesia so that the procedure is completely painless. In the post-operative period, the customized medication protocol will also provide high patient comfort in the days following the implant placement.
What happens if lose a tooth and don't get an implant?
The absence of a tooth for a long time that is not replaced by an implant leads to loss of bone and gum volume in the toothless area. Besides generating an aesthetic problem, it leads to the undue movement of neighbouring teeth (both those next to the lost tooth and the teeth that chewed with the lost tooth); as well as the exposure of the roots of these teeth, which can lead to extremely sensitive teeth problems or even tooth root decay. The more teeth are lost, the greater the damage: chewing function is compromised, joint pain and headaches appear, the remaining teeth are overloaded with wear and risk of fractures, and the loss of facial volume leads to the appearance of facial wrinkles and premature aging.
Can i place implants if i have periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease often leads to early tooth loss. Implantology arises as an answer to this problem, allowing the replacement of these lost teeth. As long as the periodontal disease is stabilized and hygiene care and maintenance are sustained, periodontal patients can place implants.
What are the advantages over conventional removable prosthesis?
The dental implant completely resembles a natural tooth. Unlike the removable prosthesis, the implant is a fixed option that, by being anchored to the bone, does not need gum or adjacent teeth support to be held in place, allowing these structures to be preserved and avoiding gum injuries, cavities, or wear of the teeth supporting the removable prosthesis. Aesthetically, they allow the use of materials which closely resemble teeth and are unnoticeable on the smile. There are also benefits to chewing, since they offer much more stability than removable prosthesis which can wobble, and allow you to eat any kind of food that you would usually eat with natural teeth, without being limited to soft foods. It also virtually reduces to zero the risk of fracture, which can happen with removable prosthesis.
In terms of maintenance, dental implants require the same care as natural teeth.
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