Information about dental implants
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw replacing the root of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the upper or lower jaw and solves the problem of the replacement of a single lacking tooth or of the entire dental arch or arches completely which could be completely without teeth. It also allows the jaw reconstructions even in the presence of severe bone deficiencies, and reduces the time of application, increasing the cosmetic and functional results.
Do dental implants work?
The cost for replacing a tooth with dental implants depends on various factors, including the number of teeth to be replaced as well as the number of implants required to support the new teeth. You may be asked for some additional procedures before placing or posing dental implants to ensure their long-term duration. Generally, the cost for the surgical procedure is charged and additional cost is applied to connect the pins and build the prosthesis. To have a more precise quote, you would be required to be visited by dentist. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the most appropriate treatment of your case.
Will dental implants work on me?
Those who have lost one or more teeth due to trauma, disease or fall, may use dental implants. The main limitation is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether a dental implant is a suitable solution.
Is old age a problem?
Sometimes, older patients wonder whether age might prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is of more important than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably in a position to have dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may have contraindications (collateral effects) from implants. After a careful examination of your anamnesis, your dentist will determine if you are a suitable patient for dental implant/s.
Benefits vs Traditional Treatment
What are the advantages of dental implants over prosthesis or bridges?
Improved appearance – When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – the reduction of the jawbone makes your face look older. Dental implants can stop this process, unlike the traditional prosthesis or bridges.
Teeth kept natural – With traditional procedures for crowns and bridges, two adjacent teeth to a lacking tooth must be ground for the correct positioning of the bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
Permanent solution – There are no moving parts to worry about. The system is stable and comfortable. After the surgery, no adjustment is necessary. Generally, it will carry out its functions for a lifetime.
What will be the influence of dental implants on my life?
The implanted teeth look, feel and work as natural teeth. This means you can eat and drink whatever you are used to. But the most important aspect is that dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. Those who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by how new permanent teeth can help their self-esteem.
Will my new teeth appear like natural ones?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern prosthetic dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function will very likely exceed your expectations.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure of my natural teeth?
Yes. After a short adjustment period, chewing will be the same as your natural teeth.
Treatment and care
How much time is required to position an implant?
Generally, the procedure is carried out in two phases. The dentist begins by installing the implant, which has been previously left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, the patient gets a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is placed. Today, there is an alternative to the two-step method that permits the implant to be installed in a single piece during a single sitting. This new method has simplified the procedure a lot for both patients and dentists. The choice of the procedure depends on numerous factors, such as the patient’s teeth conditions, the number of teeth involved and the type of tooth to be replaced. These aspects also determine the total number of visits to the dentist during the period of treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
Regarding any surgery, some discomfort could occur. During the surgery, the patient is anesthetized or sedated to eliminate any possibility of discomfort. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they expected. Your doctor will prescribe the necessary medication to reduce any discomfort. Ask your dentist to put you in contact with another patient who has undergone the same treatment in order to evaluate his/her experience.
How will I feel after the treatment?
It is normal to have some small bruises and swelling in the gums and soft tissues. These disorders are generally treated with an ordinary analgesic, antibiotic or antiflammatory drug. You can go back to work the day after.
How to look after my implants?
The new tooth or teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Use toothbrush and floss as recommended by your dentist or hygienist. See your dentist every six months or, if necessary, more frequently.
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