When you go for dental implant treatment, there are always a lot of doubts and concerns. So we’ve set out to answer some of those frequently asked questions about dental implants.
9 frequently asked questions about dental implants
1. What are dental implants?
Let’s start with the first of all. The one that first arises before performing an implantology treatment in Granada.
This topic was already discussed in a previous post, where we saw the types of implants that exist and how they differ, but let’s refresh our memory a little.
Dental implants are the ideal solution when you are missing teeth. These are titanium attachments that are placed in the bone to replace damaged or missing teeth.
That is, a titanium screw is placed into the maxillary bone, if the hole is in the upper part of the mouth, or into the mandibular bone, if it is in the lower part.
The size of a dental implant will depend on the gap left by a tooth that has fallen out or decayed. When you have an implant placed, it is important that the dentist checks the condition of your gums.
Thus, when he has been able to verify that you have enough bone mass to place the dental implant, he will proceed to do so. This is checked by X-rays of your oral cavity.
2. Can anyone get a dental implant?
In principle, yes, anyone could have implants. Dental implants are made of titanium, as we have said, and this is one of the most biocompatible materials.
The success rate usually exceeds 95%, so we could say that anyone can get a dental implant.
However, it is necessary that the implantologist studies your particular conditions, determining the most appropriate process to carry out the functional and esthetic rehabilitation that will improve your quality of life.
And, in case you have any disease such as diabetes, hypertension or heart conditions, it would be advisable that these are controlled before your implant treatment in Granada.
How long does it take for dental implants to heal?
It depends on the case, the patient and the quality of the patient’s bone. Normally, the cases where implant treatment is prolonged are when complementary procedures are necessary.
In general, dental implants require two to four months for the bone to heal.
In addition, there are now circumstances where immediate loading implants can be performed. These consist of placing the implant on the same day as the extraction of the tooth to be replaced. It has the advantage of being able to replace the lost tooth on the same day and shorten the treatment time.
However, some cases require a healing period of two to four months before the prosthetic reconstruction can be completed.
How long do dental implants last? Are they for life?
Dental implants need care, very good oral hygiene and regular check-ups to check their condition. So yes, if you follow all the recommendations, they could last for life, as long as no complications arise.
These complications, in which there is a probability of losing them in the long term, are due to infections and lack of care and hygiene.
The accumulation of bacterial plaque and tartar around our implants can cause problems such as peri-implantitis, affecting the bone that supports the implant and causing it to lose its support.
For this reason, it is very important to carry out periodic controls of dental implants in Granada, in order to detect any complication early.
5. What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants have multiple advantages, among which we highlight some of them:
– They help to follow a normal life. The most important advantage of dental implants is that, thanks to them, the patient is able to lead a life and routine without complications. The implant allows you to eat, drink and maintain a completely normal oral hygiene.
– They help to keep teeth healthy. Implants reduce the load on the rest of healthy teeth and molars, since they offer a point of support for other types of solutions such as crowns or bridges.
– They are permanent. Reconstructions and other types of solutions that are usually offered are much less safe, since the implants, which are usually made of titanium, are fixed and permanent.
– It is a customized solution that is carried out under individualized studies for each patient, so that the best possible solution is always guaranteed.
6. Is there a possibility of rejection?
The ability of the dental implant to integrate into the bone occurs naturally and correctly in 99% of the situations, without complications during the process. Therefore, there is a very small chance that your body will reject it.
The material with which it is made is biocompatible, allowing good behavior of both the hard tissue (bone) that supports it and the soft tissue (gingiva) that surrounds it.
Therefore, the probability of rejection or adverse complications is very unlikely.
7. How long does dental implant treatment last?
In this case it depends on the dental implant treatment in Granada you are having. At Cervantes Dental Clinic in Granada we have 3 options when it comes to dental implant treatment:
Immediate implants: Consists of placing the implant on the same day as the extraction of the tooth to be replaced. It has the advantage of being able to replace the lost piece the same day and shorten the treatment time.
2. Immediate loading, teeth in one day: If indicated, teeth can be placed the same day of implant placement. Once the healing period has elapsed, the definitive teeth are made.
3. Guided surgery: From our digital planning, a surgical splint is made that allows us to perform the surgery with total accuracy, placing the implants without the need for incisions, flaps or stitches. This treatment is a little longer than the previous ones.
8. Are the implants delicate? How should I take care of them?
We must take into account two fundamental aspects in the care of our dental implants.
The first is oral hygiene. You should establish a daily routine complementing the use of the toothbrush with dental floss, interdental brushes and an oral irrigator. This way you will be able to remove most of the bacterial plaque that accumulates in the interdental spaces.
The second is regular check-ups at your Dental Clinic in Granada. You must keep the appointments, even if the implantology has been a complete success and you are completely recovered.
The purpose of the revisions is to ensure that the results are as expected, as well as to be able to check the correct functioning of the implants or detect any inconvenience in time.
If you have dental implants, it is normal to go for a check-up every 6/12 months.
9. When will I be able to eat normally again? Is it possible to live a normal life?
You can lead a normal life with dental implants, you just have to respect the hygienic habits recommended by your dentist for a correct oral health.
If you have undergone surgery, after the first week following surgery, you will be able to perform daily activities without discomfort or concern, even though they are still in the process of integration.
As we said, between two and four months most patients complete the rehabilitation process. However, implant treatment is individual and customized to your individual conditions.
Do you need dental implants?
In Cervantes Dental Clinic in Granada we care about your dental health, so we advise you properly to treat your specific case.
As we always say, each one of us is different, and so is our case. For this reason, personalized and attentive service is our daily routine.
Smile is a universal language. Come to our dental clinic in Granada and we will advise you. First appointment free of charge!