Frequently asked questions about dental implants:
When you lose one or more teeth, the bone in which they were located starts to gradually disappear. The early placement of a dental implant halts the process of bone resorption.
Older solutions to tooth loss, such as bridges, removable devices or other similar solutions, do not halt the bone loss associated with the loss of a tooth. Moreover, they need to be supported by adjacent teeth, which in turn end up bearing an excess load.
No, most of the procedures with implants are carried out under local anaesthetic, with a minimal postoperative period. With more complex interventions, such as zygomatic implant placement, the anaesthetists at the Maxillofacial Institute apply outpatient sedation techniques, thus avoiding a hospital stay for the patient.
Normally, each tooth lost should be replaced by a dental implant. However, in some areas of the mouth, where the teeth receive less load or pressure, it is possible to reduce the number of dental implants and use other techniques, such as All on 4 or All on 6.
In cases of severe bone atrophy, where the lack of permanent maxillary bone rules out the placement of conventional dental implants. Two options are available: to either undergo an autotransplantation of bone from another part of the body, or to have zygomatic implants placed. This second option is much less invasive and facilitates a much faster prosthetic rehabilitation.
Carrying out a correct bone regeneration procedure that enables the implant to be completely surrounded by healthy bone ensures the biological stability of the implant. For their part, the patient must maintain proper oral hygiene, not smoke, and must regularly attend the implant maintenance visits.
Yes. This method consists of placing the dental implant and the crown simultaneously on the same day of the surgery. This reduces the treatment time considerably. The quality of the patient’s bone and the dental implant, and the experience of the maxillofacial surgeon, are key to the success of this new technique.