Implants

If you have lost one tooth or various teeth there is no need to be concerned, since progress in implantology means that solutions exist for every issue.

Dental implants are small cylindrical titanium elements which are grafted onto the bone after a small surgical intervention.  They act as the roots for new teeth.  A crown is then placed over the implant, and this will be the visible part.

DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE THE MOST ADVANCED TREATMENT OPTION TO SUBSTITUTE DENTAL PIECES.  THEY ARE DESIGNED TO BE A DURABLE SOLUTION FOR PEOPLE TO RECOVER THEIR SMILE AND THE ABILITY TO CHEW THAT THEY HAD WITH THEIR OWN TEETH.

Both dentists and doctors with training in surgical specialities related to the oral cavity are the professionals who are capable of undertaking treatment with implants for their subsequent rehabilitation.

After the surgical intervention and the rehabilitation afterwards, it is essential to establish a plan for occasional check-ups. If you notice any changes please contact us.

Dental implants can be used in the vast majority of patients.  It is necessary to undertake a detailed study of each case, through a detailed clinical history, a physical examination and complementary x-rays with the aim of undertaking a successful case plan and thus achieve suitable functional and aesthetic satisfaction.

The advantages of implants

The advantages of dental implants in comparison to other types of treatment are multiple: in terms of aesthetics, comfort, durability, health and hygiene. 

With dental implants you can achieve a smile that will make you feel more comfortable and confident.  At the same time it will allow you to ensure that you can chew well.

Frequently asked questions and answers

It is possible that people may have doubts about Implantology.  Later on we will answer the most frequent questions about these types of interventions.

Why implants?

Once a tooth has been lost or when a damaged tooth has to be substituted, implants are the best alternative in most cases.

When you lose a tooth the bone it was embedded in begins a process that means it will gradually disappear.  Fitting the implant will interrupt the process of the re-absorption of the bone.

What is the difference between this and traditional solutions?

Solutions for the loss of a tooth in the past (bridges, removable apparatuses-to be removed and put back-etc.) were not useful because they did not interrupt the process of the re-absorption of the bone associated with the loss of the tooth. They also had to be supported by the neighbouring teeth which ended up experiencing too much pressure.  These are also solutions which often offer less comfort and are less aesthetically pleasing for patients.

Is it a painful process?

Implant interventions are not painful since they are carried out using local anaesthetic.  For more long-term and complex projects, our anaesthetists also use sedation techniques.

Can the teeth be fitted during the same operation?

In some cases that have been planned and selected, teeth can be fitted on the same day as the surgical intervention.

A provisional prosthesis is fitted during the first 24 hours after surgery.  The fixed prosthesis is fitted a few months after surgery.  Previous planning is essential in order to evaluate your particular case.

What kind of care do implants require?

Maintenance for implants is similar to maintenance for your other teeth.  After fitting them, they require normal daily brushing for hygiene purposes by the patient and they need to be checked once a year by staff from the clinic.

Recommendations from our specialists after an intervention

  • Bite down on a piece of gauze for 20 minutes after the intervention.
  • If after taking away the gauze abnormal bleeding occurs, fold the gauze and place it on top of the injured area and bite down for 30 minutes, so that you can feel the pressure on the wound (this process can be repeated various times).
  • Do not rinse your mouth out with any liquid for the first 24 hours.  If you rinse your mouth out then you will undo any coagulation and the wound will start bleeding again, thus delaying the scarring process.
  • While still under the effects of the anaesthetic (especially for children) it is important not to bite your lips, your tongue or your cheeks.
  • Over the first few days you will have to eat soft or puréed food that is either at room-temperature or cold.
  • The day after the intervention, you can rinse out your mouth with a recommended mouthwash. It is important that you maintain good oral hygiene.  If you do not then complications could arise which will lead to the failure of your treatment.
  • In order to ensure that it does not become excessively inflamed, place a bag of ice or cold towels on the area of your face that has been affected for the first 2 to 4 hours after the intervention.  Leave it on for around five minutes and then take it off for another five to ensure that your face does not become excessively cold.
  • Don't smoke for the first few days.  Remember that tobacco is a significant risk factor in terms of the rejection of implants as well as post-operatory complications.
  • You have been submitted to a surgical intervention, therefore it is normal that there will be an inflammatory process, and the area operated on will be inflamed and they may feel aches or pain that is more or less intense, depending on the complexity of the intervention.  It is also normal for bruises to appear.  All of this will improve by taking the recommended medication and will pass in a few days.  Remember not to touch the injured area /your stitches with your tongue.
  • Please do not forget to take the recommended medication (if you are intolerant to the medication, please do not take it and contact the clinic as quickly as possible).
  • It is very important that you attend the check-ups and appointments recommended by your dentist.