Since ancient times, human beings have had a concern to replace lost teeth, we can go back to the Mayan era in which they tried this dental replacement, not only alive but also dead in order to beautify the memory of the lost person. In Egyptian times they achieved this replacement with the placement of teeth from another individual.
In the Middle Ages it was a requirement of nobles to be able to show off their teeth, but when transplanting teeth from other people, usually peasants or service people there were many transmissions of infections and diseases so its success was highly compromised. It will not be until the 60s when Dr Branemarck, a English surgeon, modernized this concept of implanting teeth, since he was the discoverer of the adherence of metal to bone, in 1965 the first dental implant would be placed in a human being in a shape voluntary.
Since the 1980s, the improvement and progress in implantology, an area of dentistry specialized in the placement of implants, has been remarkable.
Currently implant placement is a simple, effective and safe technique that assures us the replacement of a lost tooth.
A dental implant is a small screw-shaped piece, usually made of titanium and other alloys that will be housed in the bed that the surgeon prepares, either in the maxilla (upper arch) or in the mandible (lower arch). will be the substitute for the tooth root.
The dental implant provides stability, restores dental function and aesthetics. To place implants, we must first make a consultation with the specialist (the implantologist) who, together with some Complementary tests: an orthopantomography, an X-ray of the whole mouth and a CT that will inform us of the quality and quantity of bone. Above all, the surgeon is interested in knowing the bone volume available, in order to choose the best technique for implant placement, as well as the length, diameter and number of implants that will be required.
The placement is carried out in a fast and painless way for the patient and in a reduced time, a bed is made in the place of choice of our implant or implants, the placement is carried out and the soft tissue area is sutured. What’s more, A series of postoperative guidelines are explained to the patient in order to avoid complications or infections in the treated area. A week later, the patient will return to the consultation to remove the stitches and assess that the stability, osseointegration of the implant to the bone and the healing of the area where the implants or the implant have been placed is correct.
Before, for the placement of the rehabilitation, we had to wait a period of 3 months for the upper arch and 6 months for the lower arch, this technique also required a second surgery in which the professional reopened the gum time that has been modified by the advances that are available today. Being able to place an immediate provisional prosthesis at the end of the intervention giving comfort and aesthetics to the patient on the same day.
At Smile Care Plymouth we have the best team of surgeons specializing in implant placement, who advise on the best treatment options, evaluating all possible alternatives, and we must also bear in mind that each case is studied particularly with current computerized systems. in addition to all the information previously collected photos, x-rays and exact measurements through the models of the patient’s arches.
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