What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is similar to an artificial root, to which a new tooth is fitted. Implants are essentially little titanium screws inserted to the bone of the upper or lower jaw. Once fitted, the screw can support a crown, bridge, removable or fixed partial dentures.
The implants replace the root of a missing tooth and are the best solution for the job, notably improving the patient’s oral & dental health, appearance and self-esteem.
Today a number of resources enable us to fit dental implants painlessly. Thanks to local anaesthesia and the administration of a tranquillizer, the treatment is pain and stress-free.
In what situations is an implant used?
An implant can either be fitted immediately after a tooth extraction, or once the bone and gums have healed. The operation is generally simple and painless, carried out with local anaesthetic, just like having a filling.
The final prosthesis is fitted when the bone around the implant is at the end of its healing period (3 to 6 months). In some cases a provisional prosthesis can be fitted immediately the implant is in place.
Indications and contraindications
To fit an implant, the volume and quality of the patient’s jaw bone must be adequate. These parameters are established with the help of a scanner. However, volume can also be added to the jaw by means of a bone graft.
The patient must also have good dental hygiene, particularly the teeth beside the one affected, and their gums must both be in good health.
A medical questionnaire enables us to discard possible contraindications. We will carry out all of the necessary preliminary studies at our dental clinic in San Sebastian.
Fitting and duration of dental implants
- Implants can be fitted from the age of 18.
- They will generally last for more than 10 or 20 years.
- The material used for implant surgery is titanium; a material combining biological compatibility with solid medical resistance.
The advantages of dental implants
Dental implants have many advantages, such as:
- Improved function and aesthetic of the teeth and smile.
- Improved of the new teeth into the jawbone.
- Implants and prostheses can be fitted in a single day thanks to immediate load placement, provided that there is sufficient bone.
- They can last for many years.
- An implant can replace one or several teeth without affecting your other teeth and offers the possibility of fitting a fixed prosthesis, generally the most suitable and comfortable solution.
- A single missing tooth can destabilise your whole mouth. If it’s not replaced it will be the first step in a process leading to the loss of several teeth.
- If this is your case you must, like all people fitted with implants, take great care with your dental hygiene, have regular dental check-ups and follow your dentist’s personalised recommendations.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to know more. You’ll find us at the Calle Ferrerías, 5, San Sebastian.