What is a dental implant?
It is one of the dentistry’s most revolutionary treatments, particularly of the last 40 years.
It has allowed patients with missing teeth to get the best treatment options to recover lost teeth.
A Dental Implant is an attachment designed to replace the root of a missing tooth and place an artificial tooth in empty space. It usually has the shape of a bolt and is mostly made out of titanium. Titanium is a metal which is not rejected inside the body and allows it to be perfectly joined to the jaw bone.
A Dental Implant is considered an effective tool to replace lost dental pieces. Day in and day out, the number of patients who request this procedure increases simply because DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK. Best of all, they usually last many years and with proper care can be in the mouth of a patient for all of their life.
Furthermore, dental implants have helped replace the use of removable dentures or the wear of neighboring teeth to place a bridge and thus replace missing teeth. Dental implants are invaluable long-term substitutes that help return a poorly maintained denture back to optimal state in aesthetics and function.
Who is a best suited to get a Dental Implant?
If you’ve ever lost teeth, you might need dental implants. Although, it is best to have an evaluation to determine if Dental Implants are right for you. At Ceprosi Dental we have a vast amount of experience with the placement of dental implants.
The vast majority of Dental Implant surgeries are performed in dental clinics and some few in a hospital. Normally this procedure is performed under local dental anesthesia, but there are some situations in which the intervention of a qualified anesthetist for this procedure is necessary, through the use of general anesthesia (like Sevorane, Propofol,
Process for the placement of a dental implant
The most commonly used protocol for the placement of dental implants can be divided into three phases:
Consists of opening the gum and screwing the titanium implant where the natural root of the missing tooth used to be. In some cases, there is not enough bone and it becomes necessary to place artificial bone to achieve a greater stability. Finally, the gum is sutured and generally the implant is completely covered under the gum. Sometimes it is necessary to place some type of provisional prosthesis. This process takes no more than 1 hour and recovery is fairly painless.
From this moment onward, periodic radiographic check-ups are recommended in the following months in order to monitor the state and the integration of the implant, as well as to verify that everything is in order.
After 2 to 4 months after the first phase, the implant is uncovered verifying its osseous integration and a “scarring” screw is placed which will cause the gum to form around this new artificial root, achieving an adequate final contour to receive the prosthesis that replaces the lost piece. This procedure takes no more than 20 minutes to half an hour.
Once the gum is found in an optimal state, a mold is taken so that a dental laboratory can proceed to construct the crown that will replace the lost dental piece. This appointment takes 15 to 25 minutes.
Five days later, the crown test is carried out and is then placed permanently if all goes well.
What percentage of success do dental implants have?
The current percent of success is above 95%.