Implantology is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the replacement of lost teeth by means of surgical insertion of an implant onto the jaw bone or mandible. It is considered one of the most effective techniques of dental rehabilitation that exists today.
What are implants?
Implants are small titanium screws or other biocompatible materials (which are not rejected by the body’s immune system) and which carry out the function of the natural roots of a tooth which have been lost. On top of these ‘artificial roots’ the dentist places a dental prosthesis made up of ceramic materials, which were put together in a prosthetic laboratory, and that imitates the physical traits of the tooth’s natural enamel.
When is an implant necessary?
There are a number of reasons why an implant might be needed. A prosthetic piece is essential when certain ailments, such as cavities, pyorrhea or periodontitis affect the teeth of the young or the elderly causing a tooth to fall out. On some occasions, due to congenital factors, there are teeth that never complete their full developmental cycle making dental implants the ideal resource to solve the problem. The loss of dental pieces due to accidents is also quite frequent. In these cases, the best solution is a dental implant.
From what age can an implant be placed?
Implants can be placed on young patients who have completed their development. Age is not a constraint for adults. In general, there are no contraindications that go against the use of implants; the exception being serious diseases like infections or tumors. Because it is an ambulatory procedure it does not require a hospital stay and the recovery process is quick and does not need a complicated postsurgical waiting period.
What is the benefit of an implant?
- The patient can eat without experiencing pain.
- Bone loss which can result in the loss of a tooth is reduced thanks to the fact that the chewing exercise once again stimulates bone formation.
- Implants improve dental esthetics of the patient.
What is the lifespan of implants?
It is essential to be aware of habits and of the necessary cares that help implants last the most amount of time. It is highly recommended to offer daily care guidelines that include habits and advice on how to take care of implants. Implants can very well last longer than the natural teeth.