The oral implantology is the dental treatment that consists of placing a dental implant: that is, a screw that replaces the root of the tooth and that, in turn, supports the dental crown, (the visible part of the tooth). Dental implants help us to recover the function and aesthetics of the mouth in a comfortable way and with a very natural appearance. However, many people decide not to replace the missing piece, putting the health of your mouth at serious risk.
“The loss of a tooth triggers a sequence of movements in the rest of the teeth to try to occupy that free space that has remained, thus producing a gear mismatch from other parts and their contact points, so it will be easier for cavities to occur “, he comments Hector Tafalla, dentist and head of the Dental Unit and Maxillofacial Surgery of Quirónsalud Alicante.
“In addition, the teeth on both sides will shift without an adjustment with the top or bottom tooth (as applicable), so we will lose comfort when chewing that will trigger a worse swallowing of food and with the possibility of gastric problems in the future “, keep going.
These, among many other reasons, make replace missing teeth as soon as possible is the most appropriate option, since if we wait too long, a natural and progressive loss of the maxillary bone will occur and, therefore, the implant placement will be complicated.
What types of dental implants are there?
There are currently two types of implants, principally, titanium and ceramic.
Titanium implants are The most used in the vast majority of cases, being the material par excellence today.
On the other hand, ceramic implants are 100% metal-free implants, which is an excellent option for those patients who cannot be treated with titanium implants for any reason (for example an allergy). In this way they can choose to rehabilitate their mouth without any problem.
“If we talk about crowns that go on implants, we have different types of materials, being the most used zirconium for its aesthetics and titanium implant for its resistance. Both materials are milled with the latest computer design technologies, in order to obtain a perfect fit with the rest of the teeth in the mouth “, points out Héctor Tafalla.
How is the process to place them? And the post-operative?
Today dentists have non-invasive techniques to place the implants that generate less anxiety to the patient, such as the computer-guided surgery.
This provides quality to the treatment due to the fact that a “Sham” surgery prior to actual surgery and that information is transferred to the patient’s mouth by means of a printed surgical guide, designed for each patient with the data of the implant positions. “In this way we perform surgeries that allow us to be less aggressive with the tissues and we get closer to more perfect results, improving the success of our implants ”, affirms the head of the Dental Unit Quirónsalud Alicante.
“In addition, this guided surgery helps us to perform immediate loading implants more safely, because we know exactly where the implants will go, that is, in the best possible place, and we can plan dental rehabilitation from the day of surgery”.
Thanks to new technologies, experts can perform “all in one day” surgeries with a almost painless, easy postoperative and much more comfortable. In addition, the patient achieves the functionality and aesthetics of his mouth from the first day. “Later, once the tissues stabilize, we will remove these provisional implants and we can perform the final rehabilitation with greater comfort”, indicates the dentist.
Regarding this postoperative period, Héctor Tafalla details that “If the professional guidelines are followed, it is usual to be able to make a absolutely normal life from the moment the intervention is completed In addition to being able to eat perfectly from the moment the local anesthesia stops working ”.
Can everyone get dental implants?
Most people can get implants, except those who take certain medications in which it is contraindicated; also certain diseases and / or particular situations of each patient. “The most appropriate thing is to arrange a visit with the professional and discuss with him all the pathologies, medications that are taken, etc., so that he can assess the suitability or not of the implants in each case”, advises Tafalla.
On the other hand, age is not a problem, the implants can be placed from the moment in which the mandibular and maxillary growth ends, which is usually at approximately 18 years of age, onwards without age limit.
In the case of missing bone, what solution do I have if I want to get an implant?
Today the lack of jawbone is not a problem. If the professional has extensive experience and is familiar with current bone regeneration techniques, the bone can be grown both vertically and horizontally without problem. “We could put implants in almost all cases that have a minimum of bone where to perform bone regeneration to help us put the implant later “, specifies the dentist.
Can I get orthodontics if I have an implant?
“Yes”, states Héctor Tafalla, “you can put orthodontics as long as a multidisciplinary work is done, that is to say, that the orthodontist and the implantologist work together to obtain optimal results, and for that, the movements that we wish to make of each tooth must be meticulously planned ”.
How much does it cost to have a dental implant in Alicante?
The expert points out that dental implants are currently in a wide price range: “They are often used by dental clinics as a price tag to attract. We advise making a global assessment. Not all implants cost the same, since it is influenced by the material with which they are made, the trajectory of the implant brand, the experience of the professional, the use of the latest technologies such as computer design … “. Definitely, it is necessary to assess whether the price is fair or not to obtain a quality result.
All of the above said, the average price of an implant is between 1,200 and 1,500 euros a single tooth, including all diagnostic tests, surgeries and check-ups. In cases where there are more extensive dental restorations, such as a complete full arch, the price decreases considerably, “Since in this case an implant is not used for each tooth, but pontic-shaped teeth are used.”
“In health matters it is important to understand that the products that we are going to carry in our mouth, the more scientific studies they have and the better quality of the material, less problems will give us in the future and better results we will obtain”, He concludes.
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