What exactly is a dental implants? What are the different steps of the installation? Can my surgeon perform this procedure in his office? Are there any contraindications? Ten answers around the dental implant.
1. A dental implant makes it possible to replace one or more teeth and regain “real teeth”.
However, the term “dental implant” does not refer to the entire new tooth.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone to accommodate a crown, bridge or removable prosthesis.
The new tooth consists of an artificial root, the dental implant, and a crown (or bridge or removable prosthesis).
2. A crown, bridge or removable prosthesis can be placed without the need for a dental implant.
The visible part of the new tooth is then supported by neighboring teeth, the preserved root or a post.
3. Whenever possible, implants are the best solution.
It provides a fixed, comfortable, esthetic prosthesis and preserves the bone in the jawbone of the missing tooth.
4. To date, there are no known allergies to titanium.
5. Dental implants are most often placed after the extraction of a tooth and after the bone has healed.
6. Under local anesthesia, the surgeon incises the gum and uses small drills to make a hole in the bone into which the implant is screwed.
The procedure may seem impressive, but it is now very well mastered by professionals.
After 2 to 6 months of healing (nursing), the gum is opened again to place a prosthesis on the implant.
7. Sometimes the surgeon may allow the implant head to protrude during the healing time.
In order to avoid a second opening of the gum when placing the prosthesis.
8. In some cases it is possible to place a temporary denture immediately after screwing the implant in place.
9. Dental implant placed in a clinic or dental office?
The placement of a dental implant can be done either in a dental office or in a specific surgery room.
Everything depends on whether or not the surgeon has a practice adapted to this type of surgical technique, which requires, it should be emphasized, an operative asepsis.
10. What are the contraindications to implantology?
Badly balanced diabetes, grafting, immune deficiencies, lack of bone, bone diseases, hemorrhagic risks, bad oral hygiene, cardiac valvulopathy.
Smoking is not a contraindication, but it delays the healing process and increases the risk of losing the implant.