Dental implants should always be considered the first option to replace a missing tooth or teeth that will be extracted. The procedure to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant has been used as a method of treatment for more than 40 years and is recognized as the ideal method of therapy.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of a biocompatible material (titanium) specially treated to integrate with the human bone. This device (which looks like a screw) replaces the dental root. They are implanted in bone through a simple and painless surgical procedure in a very short time. Between bone and titanium implant a close connection develops and ultimately results a foundation for the future artificial tooth. In this dental implant a abutment will be attached and than a fixed prosthetic crown will be applied. Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth, thus obtaining a harmonious facial structure and prevent further bone damage (resorption), a phenomenon that occurs when one or more lost teeth).
Dental implants feel and look very natural, so you can forget that you have lost a tooth. As you know the missing teeth affect patients personally and professionally.
What can dental implants do?
- To replace one or more teeth.
- Be a support for a prosthetic device in order to eliminate a complete denture.
- Be a support for dentures, offering them much more stability and comfort.
Advantages of dental implants to bridges or dentures.
Aesthetic: Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. Once the dental implant has integrated into the bone, it prevents bone loss and gingival retraction-phenomena that can occur when a dental bridge is applied.
Conservative: does not require the sacrifice of adjacent teeth ( as a conventional bridge requires), because neighboring teeth are not involved in implant support.
Confidence: Dental implants allow you to smile, talk and eat again with comfort and confidence. They are safe and give you the possibility to behave normally as if you have your natural teeth and allow you to say goodbye to worries about inadequate aesthetic dental treatments.
Rehabilitation: The success rate of dental implants is growing constantly. They are considered the best option for replacing missing teeth.
How is the intervention?
When implant insertion procedure is done correctly, it is painless and brief. This is because the bone has very few nerve endings and the whole procedure is performed under local anesthesia.
What to expect after treatment?
As you know your teeth require very careful hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. Dental implants are like your natural teeth and will require the same care. To keep them clean dental implants must be hygienised with interdentally brushes and dental floss.