Dental implanta small titanium screw that is placed in the bone.
A dental implant, is a small titanium screw that is placed in the bone using a painless intervention for a long term solution, in order to replace the tooth root.
• What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a treatment by which the natural roots of teeth are artificially replaced. The natural roots of the teeth are gone, then these new roots are mounted on these new roots to replace those missing pieces.
• Is it complex surgery?
The intervention for dental implant is a minor surgery, so you do not need admission to a clinic but the intervention is conducted in the dental office, provided that it has the necessary equipment. Local anesthesia is generally used, although in long-term interventions such as complete rehabilitations, maxillary sinus lifts or bone regeneration, an anesthesiologist for intravenous anesthesia can be asked to take part in the intervention. In both cases, the patient doesn’t feel pain or discomfort.
• Is it possible to reject a dental implant?
There haven’t been cases of allergy to titanium, so there are no cases of rejection of the implanted material, it may happen that an implant does not attach to the bone enough to withstand chewing. The success rate of dental implants is 95%, and in cases that are not integrated into the bone, it can be replaced by another implant.
• How long does the full treatment last?
Depending on the type and brand of implants, the waiting time between implant placement and prosthesis placement may be 60 days to 6 months. This is one of the questions to ask your specialist before choosing a dental clinic.
• What is osseointegration?
It Is the process by which the titanium is attached to bone. This binding at the molecular level is so strong that it would be impossible to separate them once joined.
• How is the post-surgery time?
It is similar to an extraction. It should not hurt and should only cause some discomfort in the gums until it heals. Infections must be avoided so it is very important to care for oral hygiene. Antibiotics are usually prescribed.
• What are the risks for the patient?
Any surgery carries risks. In this type of surgeries, risks are associated with loss of sensation in the lip area, it can be temporarily or permanently, which occurs when the nerve is damaged during surgery. Another risk is that the implant might be incorrectly positioned, once osseointegration has been achieved, it is complicated to remove it and jawbone is usually lost. It is therefore important to choose a professional with the experience and professionalism and risks can be greatly minimized.
• Is it possible to place the implant and the tooth on the same day?
It is possible, but it is not the best idea. It is only done in specific cases and the results over time will not be the same. These implants are known as “immediate loading”.
• Are implants a long- lasting solution?
Definitely. A well done implant has a useful life infinitely superior to that of a natural tooth.