An implant is an artificial root that is inserted surgically, with local anaesthesia, inside the mandible or maxillary bone. Subsequently, after a period has elapsed for healing, a prosthesis or crown is placed.
Using implants to replace missing teeth provides the following benefits:
1 - They replace missing teeth without damaging adjoining teeth.
2 - They enable any type of food to be chewed.
3 - They improve speaking comfort and ability.
4 - They maintain bone height, preventing gum collapse.
5 - They improve appearance and smile.
When one or more teeth are lost, this has a negative effect on factors such as smiling, chewing and self-esteem. It may also cause a loss in bone volume and alter tooth alignment. Tooth loss is called edentulism.
TOTAL EDENTULISM: loss of all teeth. Conventional prostheses (dentures) are usually unstable, causing wounds, gum pain, speech problems and impaired chewing ability. Implants enable the prostheses to be fixed, avoiding these problems.
PARTIAL EDENTULISM: loss of a number of teeth, which can cause shifts in the position of the remaining teeth, reduced chewing efficiency and aesthetic problems. Placing dental implants can avoid these consequences.
Modern implantology started in 1965. Since then, a large number of scientific studies have shown that the success rate of implants is over 95%, with a very low complication rate.
There is no immune rejection of titanium implants. Titanium is fully biocompatible and accepted by the body. When an implant fails, the signs are a slight mobility and sensitivity in the surrounding tissue. If this happens, the implant must be removed and can be replaced with another implant of the same size, after the area has healed.
Statistically speaking, dental implants can be considered a long-term treatment. The implant's success depends to a great extent on maintaining healthy gums and bone around it. The prosthesis placed on implants can be likened to a prosthesis on natural teeth and behaves in a similar fashion. Occlusal (biting) overload may cause the material to break, while inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of inflammation of the tissue surrounding the implants. Regular dental examinations are indispensable. Daily cleaning and regular check-ups are necessary.
Lack of bone tissue is no longer an impediment to placing implants. There are various techniques available that enable lost bone to be regenerated, using bone substitutes and collagen membranes that stimulate new bone growth, providing enough bone to place the implants.
Clínica Cervera uses a new technique with dental implants that enables missing or destroyed teeth to be replaced with a new fixed dental prosthesis in 24 to 48 hours.
This new technique has a success rate in excess of 93% and enables us to avoid using removable prostheses during the dental implant's osseointegration period, which used to be 3-6 months.
Not all patients can benefit from this technique. To find out whether a person is a candidate for this technique, an adequate clinical and radiographic evaluation must be performed.
Using modern technology, we can plan your procedure with software that uses a three-dimensional model generated from a computerised X-ray of the cranium.
This computerised three-dimensional model provides an exact copy of the mandible and maxillary bone. Using software, the implants can be placed virtually in your bone. Subsequently, using complex technical equipment, a surgical guide is made that exactly reproduces the position of the virtual implants. This guide is used during surgery, enabling minimally invasive implant placement, without sutures and with a pain- and inflammation-free postoperative process.