A dental implant is a titanium prosthesis that is surgically inserted into the bone ridge, mainly for prosthetic purposes, to replace a tooth previously lost. Once the implant is integrated, the dental prosthesis or the crown will be screwed in, if it is a single implant, so the patient will be returned both the aesthetics of your teeth as the chewing function.

When should an implant be placed?

Dental implants are the best solution when it comes to replacing a natural tooth, since with implants the patient keeps the rest of the teeth intact.

  • An implant should be placed when there are spaces or diastemas (spaces between teeth) impossible to solve with fixed prosthesis
  • When the bone level allow implant insertion and fixation
  • Patients with bad experiences or with evasion of wearing removable partial dentures.
  • When the patient does not want their underlying teeth to be carved to act as abutments
  • Patients who keep their underlying teeth intact both functionally and aesthetically.

There are cases where not indicated get an implant:

  • Patients unable to endure minor surgery
  • Patients with a history of drugs abuse, oral pathology (such as maxillary fistulas or cysts) or systemic alterations.
  • When there is not enough space between teeth and it has not been possible to solve it with orthodontics.
  • When there is not enough bone level.
  • Patients in a growth period or with incomplete dental eruption.

What is the procedure to follow for implant placement?

the procedure for future implant placement counts for three phases:

During the first phase, a first visit will be made in which the specialist will perform a review of the patient’s mouth together with the help of a orthopantomography (X-ray of the whole mouth) to be able to assess the amount and state of bone in the areas where the implants are to be placed. There are cases in which the surgeon will request that the patient undergo a CT scan to check the viability of the implant since the amount of bone may be limited.

If the surgeon sees everything in order, he will explain to the patient the procedure to follow to place dental implants and surgery will be scheduled. It is important that before performing the surgery the patient’s mouth is completely healthy, so if the patient needs any treatment such as hygiene, extractions, etc. These will be done before you have implant surgery.

During surgery, the first will anesthetize the area in which the implants are placed, the bone will be prepared and the implant will be placed using a sequence of drills until it is the appropriate size for the implant, the implant will be placed and the gum will be sutured.

In the third phase The patient will come to the consultation after waiting a few months for the implant to be integrated into the bone and the prosthesis will be made on the implant.

Impressions will be taken from the patient’s mouth that will be sent to the laboratory to make the prosthesis. In a second visit, the structure will be tested on the implant and the fit will be checked with an X-ray.

Finally, during a final visit, will place the prosthesis over the implant, an X-ray will be taken to confirm that it fits well and the fireplace (hole where the screw that connects the prosthesis to the implant is inserted).

Once the prosthesis is in place, the patient should undergo check-ups to check that the implant is OK and that no problem has occurred.

If you want to recover the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth, do not hesitate to go to dental studio Plymouth, ​​here we offer you high quality implantology services, we have very good specialists who will advise you on the best treatments.



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