The dental implant is a device made of titanium, a material which is extremely resistant and well tolerated by the body. Basically, it is similar to a screw, whose purpose is to replace the missing root of a natural tooth. Depending on every separate case, the implant fixing is made either immediately after extraction or after the healing of the gum. The surgical fixing procedure is not very complicated, if we compare it to other procedures, such as, let’s say, an extraction. After a certain period of time required for the integration of the implant into the bone matter, we can approach the next phase of the treatment which implies the attachment of a new metallic part, called the implant abutment. On this abutment, the doctor will fix the crown, the bridge or the prosthesis which is to replace the missing tooth.
Who can benefit of an implant?
Basically, all persons who sustained one or more extractions can benefit from this procedure. Nonetheless, there are some limits imposed both by the quantity and the quality of the bone where the implant is to be fixed, as well as by other parameters, such as the position of either the cheek bone sinus or the inferior alveolar nerve.
Also, the patient’s health condition is of paramount interest. Before starting the treatment, it is highly important that a set of blood tests should be made, as well as a set of special X-rays to find potential blood diseases or other diseases such as the sugar diabetes.
Can the age be considered a problem?
Naturally, most of the patients asking for implants are the older adults. Before starting the procedure, they often ask whether their body is still able to cope with such intervention. Technically, everybody who can go through a usual surgical procedure (such as an extraction, for example) is capable to benefit from this surgical procedure. Obviously, even if the implant technique is widely used nowadays, we should always keep in mind that every patient is unique and consequently, the medical treatment which is to be administrated is tailored to every patient’s needs. Nevertheless, there are certain chronic diseases where such treatment is highly inadvisable, so before starting any type of procedure, our specialists will make relevant tests and they will carefully analyse the medical history of every patient they see.
An essential question: how painful is this treatment?
Traditionally, dental treatments are known as being very painful. Today, due to the spectacular developments accomplished both in terms of the medical technique and medication, this preconceived idea has no fundament at all. Easing the discomfort and reducing the pain up to the minimum are a constant preoccupation of modern dentistry, so that patients can stand any treatment without the fear of pain.
Dental implants successfully replace the missing teeth, both from the functional and the aesthetical perspectives.
Basically, patients in good physical condition and with relevant bone mass at the cheek bone level benefit most from the advantages provided by this procedure.
But even though the bone mass is not strong enough, modern medicine offers sufficient osteosynthesis procedures which strengthen the bone support.