DR. CRISTINA COMAN
Implantology and Periodontology Specialist
Dental implantology has revolutionized dentistry and dental prosthetics in particular. This relatively new field has given dentistry a new dimension since the 1980s.
Reliable and rigorous, new techniques and procedures in implantology have evolved rapidly, occupying today an important role in the development of the therapeutic plan for the prosthetic restoration of various forms of edentulousness.
Dental implants are the most modern and advanced solution for replacing missing teeth, with the highest success rate.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are screw-like devices, made of high purity titanium, a perfectly biocompatible material that allows their osseointegration.
Osteointegration is the healing of the bone around the implant after its insertion.
The implants are inserted in the maxillary or mandibular bone, serving as artificial roots on which the prosthetic works (artificial teeth) will be performed later.
Why choose the implant as a treatment solution?
If only one tooth is missing:
- If the teeth next to the breccia are healthy (without cavities) it is preferable to use an implant, thus avoiding grinding them in order to make a dental bridge.
If more teeth are missing:
- In situations where there are few teeth left, on which fixed cemented works can no longer be performed, in patients with total or partial dentures, implants are the ideal treatment solution to get rid of the classic prosthesis. These allow us to have additional pillars that can be inserted wherever needed (if the bone support is satisfactory) on which the prosthetic works will be performed later.
A series of cases that until recently benefited only from mobilizable and mobile solutions, today benefit from fixed prosthetic restorations due to dental implants and bone augmentation techniques.
Stages of the implant treatment
Consultation to determine the treatment plan, performing a panoramic radiograph, evaluation of bone size. If the bone volume is insufficient, in the clinic, we can solve this situation through bone addition techniques.
- The implant insertion process involves a painless surgery that is performed with local anesthesia.
- After 10 days from the surgery, the sutures are removed.
- The complete healing period of the bone varies between 3 and 6 months.
- After the bone heals, the head of the implant is uncovered and a healing layer is mounted which has the role of allowing the gum to heal for 1 week.
- Mount the abutment on the implant and take the impression for the final work.
- The final work takes 2-3 weeks depending on its complexity
Who can benefit from a dental implant?
Dental implants can be used at any age if the patient’s health is good and dental hygiene is impeccable.
Periodic inspection for prosthetic works on implants
In implant prosthetics, dispensarization is mandatory. Periodic checks will be performed in the clinic as follows:
- The first verification of the works is done one week after the end of the treatment.
- Subsequent inspections are performed one, three and seven months after the works are fixed, then annually.
Only in this way, a prosthetic restoration supported on implants can work for a long time, avoiding a series of complications that can occur.
We hope that the information presented came to your aid and we are waiting for you at the clinic to choose together the best treatment solution for you.