What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are devices made of titanium that replace the root of the tooth and support a prosthesis. Dental implants contribute towards improving your physical appearance and masticatory function and are suitable for patients who have lost one, several or all of their teeth. These devices, once anchored to a healthy bone, provide reliable stability for the patient’s new teeth.

If lots of teeth need to be replaced, do separate implants have to be placed for each one?

Not necessarily. Your dental professional will assess the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the size of the prosthesis. They will also calculate how many implants are required. Each case has to be studied and planned in detail.

Can I put the prosthesis in immediately after surgery?

The technique used to place a prosthesis immediately after surgery, or only a few days later, is called immediate loading. The prostheses used in immediate loading are normally temporary and must be replaced after some time. It is only possible to use immediate loading where the dental professional diagnosis indicates excellent initial stability in the implants fixed to the bone. This is not always the case.

Is it possible to know prior to surgery whether the implant’s placing will allow for immediate loading or not?

No. In some cases it is possible to tell after the X-ray examination and the planning done by the dental professional. However, it is only once the implant has been placed that your doctor will be able to give you a definite answer. In cases where the prosthesis is not installed that same day, what does the patient use? The dental professional will give you a provisional prosthesis to use. In some situations, such as for removable prostheses, the patient may be given a soft material for inside the prosthesis, which they will have to replace regularly while awaiting their definitive prosthesis.

How much does it cost to have an implant placed?

Several factors have a bearing on the cost of implant treatment, such as the number of teeth to be replaced and the number of dental implants placed. Also, additional procedures may be required before placing the implant (such as grafts, etc.) in order to ensure that the procedure is durable. This also affects cost. Consult your dental professional to get an estimate.

Who can perform dental implant treatments?

It is up to the dental professional to decide on appropriate treatment after a proper assessment. They will determine whether the procedure to place an implant poses a risk to your health and whether there are factors that may affect the scarring ability of the bone or soft tissues involved in the procedure.

Who may not be suitable for dental implants?

Patients with medical restrictions or other restrictions that may affect the scarring process of the bones or other soft tissues (e.g. connective tissue disorders, therapies using certain medicines, general systemic illnesses, smoking). Such patients should consult their dental professional and, together, carefully assess the potential risks and advantages of using dental implants.

Will the new teeth look artificial?

If your dental professional uses implants and modern cosmetic dentistry techniques, which affect appearance, comfort and functioning, the treatment will probably exceed your expectations. Nevertheless, the prognosis of the treatment depends on several factors, including how long it has been since you lost your teeth. Thus, the sooner you begin the treatment, the better your chances of rehabilitation with implants.

Will it be possible to chew with the same force and skill as with natural teeth?

Yes. Your masticatory function will improve considerably after the adaptation period.

What sort of care is needed to look after the dental implants?

Initially, you will need to schedule a series of regular visits with your dental professional. Moreover, just as with natural teeth, brushing, flossing and using mouthwash are important for good oral hygiene.

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