What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are lag screws which act as artificial roots, created for substituting missing teeth or tooth loss for any reason.
Actually they are made in pure chemical titanium. After they have been placed in the maxillary or the jaw, this serves once they have been united or Osteointegrated with the bone and give support to the new artificial teeth which will be joined to them.As we have already commented, each implant acts as an artificial root over which the crown or dental prosthesis will settle and it looks like a natural tooth:
How are placed? Does it hurt?The usual form and procedure of the placing the Dental Implants is done in the Dental Consulting Room with Local Anesthesia. In special situations you can perform these insertions or placements of the implants helped by sedation or even under General Anesthesia. This procedure is painless.
What is the success rate?
At this moment, the success rate is above 90%.
How much time must I wait between the placement of the Dental Implants and final Dental Prosthesis?
The placement of the Dental Prosthesis requires one or several surgical interventions to prepare the bone bed and install the implants. Depending on each case, this placement could be done in one or two steps of surgical interventions.
If the surgical procedure is done in two steps, the first one it would be the insertion of the implant letting it be totally covered by the gum, for a short-term of time. In the second step, generally several weeks after, a small incision in the gum is made to check on the state of the implant, and connect the Implant with the Abutment that will serve as union for future prosthesis.
When the implant is only done in one step, it is placed and at the same time, one connection component is in contact with the oral environment and it’s called Transepithelial or healing pillar.
In certain cases, it is possible in the same day to perform the surgical procedure and the placement of the Fixed Dental Prosthesis.
The election of one procedure or another, depends on individual criterion which will be valued by the professional.
Is there an age limit for the placement of Dental Implants?
Actually aging does not mean an absolute contradiction for dental rehabilitation with Dental Implants. In the early stages of life, one should wait for facial growth before placing the implants (not all the specialists might be in agreement with this). Not everyone finishes the process of growing at the same age. Your implant Team can advise you about the specific radiological tests which are necessary for diagnosing the end of growing.
How long do they last?
There are no reliable studies which demonstrate with clarity how long Dental Implants will last, even though this duration is superior to the conventional restoring (dental bridges over natural teeth). This duration of the Dental Implants depends on multiple factors such as: bone quantity, type of bone, the existence of a Periodontal Illness (Pyorrhea), Hygiene, Bruxism (Grinding Teeth), Tobacco, etc.
What does Dental Implants in one day mean?
Dental Implants in one day is a technical form which means restoring the aesthetics in a fixed form for those patients who are having implant treatment. Using this technique, after placing the implants at the level of the bone, the dental prosthesis is placed on the Dental Implant in a period of time usually inferior to seven days. The object of this technique is to avoid movements of the prosthesis and its function is basically aesthetic, asking the patient not to force the implants recently placed.
Is there a big difference between substituting one tooth or all teeth?
The difference is with the number of implants ant the type of dental prosthesis which has to be made. In the case of restoring a single tooth it necessary to place an implant with a dental prosthesis adapted to that tooth. When we treat two or more teeth, the possibility exists to use a different prosthesis design.
If the level of my bones are reduced?
At this moment a series of surgery techniques exists that permits the bone regeneration at a maxillary and jaw bone level. Using diverse material of animal origin or products produced by pharmaceutical laboratories permits that the bone regeneration is a habitual technique nowadays in the Dental Consulting Room. On the other hand, the range of Dental Implants is extensive. Different platforms exist (wide, narrow and universal), connections (internal, external), lengthwise and diameters that can be adapted to the bone of each patient.