Dental Implants are usually the best solution for teeth replacement. Since the early studies made by Dr. Branemark in the late sixties, this technique has been improved and it forms part of the dental treatment with a high success rate and predictability. More and more patients are currently asking for this treatment due to its remarkable results.
This technique is based on incredibly solid scientific studies that have been performed throughout the years and have made it possible to reach these amazing results which provide comfort and better aesthetics to the patient.
The implant consists of a screw made of commercially pure titanium that has been found to be highly biocompatible with the organism. The body does not detect titanium as a foreign object, thereby it accepts it and promotes bone growth around it. This growth results in a stable and long standing union between both the implant and the bone.
To replace the tooth, a titanium screw is placed inside the bone through a delicate and precise technique that will not harm the bone. On top of it, a small metal part will be screwed for retention. Finally, a ceramic crown will be placed on the top of the implant reproducing the exact shape of a tooth.
Safe and comfortable results
Dental implants are far superior for replacing teeth when compared to old dental replacement as crowns, bridges and removable prosthesis.
Implants feel, look and function as natural teeth, but also have to be carefully cleaned and maintained because they can also suffer from periodontal disease.
With implant replacement, adjacent teeth do not have to be ground down.
Implants prevent bone atrophy, because they stimulate the bone , mimicking a real tooth, which will make the patient simulate the same sensation as having a real tooth.
Although implants are designed to be a permanent treatment, accidents might occur and can result in failure. Peri-implantitis can be a problem difficult to handle and it occurs when the implant surface is infected by oral bacteria. Luckily this only happens in few instances and to minimize it, excellent oral hygiene should be performed.
HOW DO WE PERFORM IMPLANTS?
The professional meets the patient to acknowledge his/her expectations. The dentist examines the situation and asks for proper diagnostic exploration to find out whether the bone is adequate enough for implant placement.
General health conditions and medication intake are also evaluated. If the situation is adequate, the surgeon opens the gums, drills the bone with a very delicate technique in order not to overheat the bone and protect its cells. The implant is placed in the bone and then a cover-screw is also placed to protect the implant during healing. The gingiva is then sutured. Usually a healing period is provided to assure good bone growth around the implant before the crown is made.
Immediate loading of the implant is possible when bone quality is good, but this may lead to a higher risk of implant failure. Therefore it is not commonly done unless there is an esthetic requirement.
Implants can hold one or more teeth. Two implants can support from two to four teeth.
The immediate implant success is statistically rated at 95% worldwide.