09 Sep. What is a dental implant?
What is a dental implant?
The dental implant is a device made of high purity titanium, having the shape of a screw that is inserted into the maxillary / mandibular bone. Its role is to replace the root of the natural tooth, which will later support the final dental crown.
Why should I choose a dental implant as a treatment solution?
Following the loss of teeth, many negative effects in the oral cavity are gradually triggered. The dental implant prevents this:
- alveolar bone resorption
- migration of neighboring and antagonistic teeth to the remaining free space
- increased risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease
- ATM pain / cracking
- low masticatory functionality
- facial appearance of premature aging (when more teeth are missing).
What are the benefits of dental implant treatment?
- functionally stimulates the bone, thus preventing bone resorption
- neighboring teeth are no longer sacrificed by grinding and extracting nerves to anchor prosthetic works
- giving up mobile prostheses that create permanent discomfort, to the detriment of fixed teeth anchored on implants
- special aesthetic and functional benefits
- future investment that improves the patient's quality of life.
What are the steps of dental implant treatment?
For a start, the patient presents to a first detailed specialist consultation, to assess the general health of the cavity. As a radiological investigation, a 3D radiograph (Computer Tomography) of the bone in which the implant will be inserted is required. Based on radiological investigations and clinical evaluation, the specialist will determine if the patient is the ideal candidate for dental implant treatments and if there is sufficient bone support for dental implant insertion, or if other surgeries are required beforehand.
After this first consultation, the insertion stage of the dental implant can be established. This stage will be performed in a sterile environment and under local anesthesia and consists in preparing the place where the implant will be inserted. The procedure is completely painless!
There follows a period of osseointegration of the implant, which can last between 2 and 6 months, depending on the individual treatment plan. The last step is to fix the crown / final work on the implant. Here we have 3 different elements:
- the implant itself
- prosthetic abutment (the connection between the implant and the dental crown)
- dental crown (can be screwed or cemented).
To guarantee the long-term success of the dental implant, the patient must have a rigorous oral hygiene with dental brushing twice a day and return for regular check-ups and professional sanitizations in the CriniDent dental clinic.
We look forward to seeing you at the CriniDent dental clinic, because… “Your smile matters!”
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Iulia Tomescu MD
dentist, specialist in dento-alveolar surgery and periodontology