¿What are dental implants?
They are an artificial substitute for the dental root, these devices are made of screw-shaped titanium, which are placed in the maxillary bones to replace the lost pieces.
¿What are the advantages of dental implants?
They offer important advantages such as:
- Stop bone loss
- Do not affect neighboring teeth
- Have a success rate of 98%
¿In what situation should I get an implant?
- When a single tooth is missing: this way you can avoid affecting the healthy teeth that are around the missing tooth
- When several teeth are missing: thus avoiding the use of removable prostheses with hooks or the wear of the neighboring teeth for the realization of fixed bridges
- When all the teeth are missing: for the retention and settlement of the total prostheses that do not find good fixation and even produce pain and irritation in the mucosa
¿What is the procedure for placing an implant in my bone?
The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone material has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant. Then the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured.
¿How does the implant attach to my bone?
The implant is fixed to the bone by a process called ‘osseointegration’, part of the body’s natural healing process. It usually takes between three to six months for the implant to become part of the bone.
¿Can I have my crown over my implant immediately?
In very specific cases when aesthetics are essential and the possibility of immediate activation of the implant is evaluated.
¿Can my body reject the dental implant?
No, titanium is an absolutely biocompatible material that does not induce any response from the immune system. However, there is the possibility that the implant may not properly fuse to the bone; on this subject the professional will provide more information.