Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are components of titanium that act like the root of a tooth and that are placed by means of a surgery in the jaw bone, under the gum. The three key components of a dental implant are:

  • Implant: titanium post that acts as a root for the crown.
  • Abutment: the abutment is fixed to the implant and holds the crown in place.
  • Crown: a ceramic tooth that attaches to the abutment and provides the appearance of a natural tooth.

After a short period of time, the implant fuses with the bone, providing a stable support for the artificial teeth that are placed on these implants.

Dental implants are also beneficial for general oral health, because unlike bridges, it is not necessary to attach them to another teeth, and they also stop the process of reabsorption of the maxillary bone that begins when a tooth is lost.


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Types of dental implants

Although there are many types of implants: cylindrical, conical, screwed or coemented, the main distinction we make, due to their place of placement, between three types:

-Conventional dental implants are placed in the maxillary bone, and for this, they need an adequate quantity and quality of bone to be fixed correctly.

-Subperiosteal dental implants are used for patients with a slightly lower bone density than that required for traditional implants. This type of implant is placed in the upper part of the jawbone, under the gum tissue.

- Zygomatic and pterygoid dental implants can be placed even on those people who lack bone in the maxillary area or who have very low bone density, since their greater length allows them to be placed in harder bones (the zygomatic bone, in the area corresponding to the cheekbone).

The different types of dental implants can be combined to fix a total or partial upper prosthesis.

How much do dental implants cost?

Given its definitive nature, the high cost of materials for its manufacture, and the greater complexity in its placement, dental implants are more expensive than other dental replacement methods, although in the long term they turn out to be a better investment if the patient maintains a good hygiene, because well-maintained implants can last a lifetime, and in general, the exposed pillar and crown are more susceptible to damage than the implant itself.

In the Maxillofacial Institute we make a complete study of the mouth of our patients to evaluate the quality and quantity of maxillary bone, the type (conventional, zygomatic or pterygoid) and number of implants needed in each case, as well as the need, or not, of complementary treatments (periodontal type, bone regeneration or bone reconstruction) that is why our budgets are always delivered at the end of a first exploration visit.

Why is the Maxillofacial Institute a reference Center in Implantology? 

In the Maxillofacial Institute we are leaders in implantology thanks to the continuous training and research of our medical team, which always keeps us at the forefront in the techniques and technologies of dental implant placement.

Professor Hernández Alfaro and his team at the Maxillofacial Institute have developed new surgical protocols and designed techniques that have achieved a success rate -the survival of dental implants- of 98.5%. In addition, the holistic approach we give to the design of each smile is crucial to obtain unbeatable aesthetic results.

In this way, the dental implants placed in the Maxillofacial Institute, have a longer duration, lower rejection rate, shorter and less uncomfortable post-operative periods, and excellent aesthetic results.

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Three differentiating values of the Maxillofacial Institute

  • Each patient, a specific solution: currently, dental implants are indiscriminately placed in a multitude of dental and oral surgery clinics. However, each patient must be focused as an individual scenario, taking into account their anatomical situation (lost teeth, amount of remaining bone, soft tissue involvement ...) and their expectations. At the Maxillofacial Institute we have an holistic approach to our treatments, taking into account all the elements of the face in order to achieve a better symmetry and facial harmony.
  • Leaders in advanced implantology: Thanks to the experience of our team in the placement of special implants, such as zygomatics and subperiosteal, and also thanks to the latest techniques that the Maxillofacial Institute has incorporated of reconstructive surgery and bone regeneration, the lack of bone is no longer an obstacle to have a healthy life and a beautiful smile. What was once an impossible obstacle to overcome has now become predictable and safe.
three differentiating values of the maxillofacial institute

  • Our medical team is a specialist in 3D planning. New technologies are increasingly used in different medical areas because they allow greater accuracy in surgical procedures, and therefore, greater patient satisfaction. In the Maxillofacial Institute we have all the tools to carry out the 3D planning of each case in situ, without having to send the images to external laboratories and wait for the results, which translates into a shorter treatment. We also have among our medical team university professors in the field, so we always stay at the forefront of new techniques and technologies.