Dental Implants in the Algarve
Dental implant treatments
A dental implant is a discreet, long-term solution to replacing teeth. The lack of teeth can have consequences both in terms of chewing, as well as in the way we speak and pronounce words, which consequently can cause problems with confidence and self-esteem.
The dental implant itself is a titanium screw that is placed directly into the jaw bone, replacing the missing tooth root. Once seated, the implant will gradually osseointegrate, anchoring itself in the bone. A false tooth (crown or denture) is then fitted on top of the implant. The false tooth or teeth are similar in shape, size and color to existing teeth, which means the implant will naturally harmonize with your smile.
The implant placement process is usually carried out in two phases: first, the implant placement surgery is performed, where the implant itself is fixed to the bone and, later, after the osseointegration period (4 to 8 months), it is adjusted and the new tooth(s) are fixed to the implant(s).
Normally, the entire process is performed in a dental clinic, under local anesthesia. In the case of patients who suffer from anxiety/nervousness with the procedure, it is usually proposed to take a sedative tablet that will help them relax.
Types of dental implants
Dental implants are a long-term solution to replacing one or more missing teeth. Losing a tooth can affect the way you speak, eat and even your appearance and, consequently, your self-esteem. In addition, your health can be at risk and/or harm other teeth in good condition.
Implants are often used as an alternative to traditional bridges or prostheses, and can be used to fix one or more crowns and even complete dentures. below pYou can find the different types of implant solutions that can be recommended depending on your needs.
Fixed Total Prosthesis
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This technique is known for being able to rehabilitate and fix the entirety of the teeth in just 24 hours. It is used in people with few or no teeth in the mouth and as an alternative to total removable dentures and/or the placement of several implants in the mouth, avoiding bone underload.
This procedure involves the placement of four to six implants and a fixed prosthesis of 12 teeth (per arch). In a first phase, a temporary prosthesis is used and after the months of osseointegration, the definitive prosthesis will be placed.
Um dental implant is a titanium screw that replaces a missing tooth root. It is placed directly on the jaw bone and after a healing period (4 to 6 months) the implant osseointegrates. That keeps you safe. After this process, the definitive crown is made and fixed on the implant. If you need a bone graft, the treatment time will be longer.
No diagram shows how the implant and crown are fixed in the jaw.
Bridge over Implants
Bridge over Implants
Implant-supported bridges are recommended to replace the absence of more than one tooth in a given joint space. They are an alternative to individual implants, preventing unnecessary bone underloading.
The method used is similar to that of single implants, with the difference that a bridge crown will be placed, which will be fixed on the lateral crowns and which will rest on the implants. This structure is fully adapted and fixed.
The treatment time usually takes 8 to 10 months, and its osseointegration (healing) period is 4 to 6 months. If you need a bone graft, the treatment time will be longer.
The alternative for the boneless
Today, alternatives already exist for those who cannot have conventional implants, either because they have no bone or because treatments have failed.
Benefits of Dental Implants
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Who are dental implants for?
Dental implants are suitable for most healthy adults, but there are some lifestyle habits that can affect your adaptation, such as smoking, having gum problems or having radiation therapy around the jaw. Implants should not be placed dental care in children under 18 years of age, because the jaw is still being formed.
Before starting treatment with implant(s), you should always make an evaluation appointment with an implantologist to find out the real need for your case. An orthopantomography and an in-mouth assessment will be performed to ensure that implants are a viable solution. A clinical diagnosis is then carried out to ensure that the solution presented will be the most suitable for your particular home.
There are cases where there is not enough bone in the jaw to fix the implant(s), which means that they will complementary supportive treatments such as a bone graft or a maxillary sinus lift may be needed. case sand verify that any of these procedures will be necessary, the entire treatment process will be explained to you.
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