Endodontics or root canal treatment is a branch of dentistry that deals with the treatment of dental pulp and apical periodontitis.
The absence of a tooth may have a great impact on the quality of our lives, affecting both our social relations and our physical and mental health. The best option for a beautiful and healthy smile is always a dental implant! You may choose to replace one or several missing teeth with a dental implant, through a non-painful procedure which will guarantee the health and impeccable appearance of your teeth.
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What is a dental implant?
The effective solution for missing teeth
A dental implant is the most modern method for replacing missing teeth or teeth that cannot be saved through any other methods, as they are in an advanced stage of decay.
The first step in replacing affected teeth is inserting the implant, over which dental crowns will be applied within 3-6 months.
The implant is composed of the surgical technique itself, the healing layer, the prosthetic abutment, the transfer abutment (after the 6 months since the implant), the analog implant, and the prosthetic work (replacing the tooth with the dental crown).
The implant to be inserted is a piece in the shape of a screw, made of pure titanium, which basically creates an artificial root in the jawbone, which – after the process of osseointegration – will represent the necessary support for the new tooth.
Benefits of a dental implant:
How is a dental implant performed?
The procedure consists of inserting a dental implant that will replace the root of the lost tooth, made of a biocompatible titanium material.
The intervention is not painful at all, as it takes place after the administration of a local anesthetic. In certain cases, if the patient is extremely anxious or if the intervention is of high complexity, sedation anesthesia can also be used. General anesthesia is used exceptionally, only in particular cases.
The duration of the procedure varies depending on the number of implants you will need, as well as on their complexity, starting from 45 minutes and reaching up to a few hours.
Stages of inserting a dental implant
1. The first stage is a detailed examination, during which our team will assess the health of the oral cavity. It is advisable to have a recent panoramic radiography.
2. The next stage consists in performing a set of analyses, provided that the patient doesn’t already have them, among which:
- Complete blood count;
- Blood sugar;
- Bleeding time;
- Coagulation time;
- Uric acid;
3. The last stage of the investigations is represented by a CT scan, which will provide us with exact information regarding the bone tissue, helping us to establish if we can apply implants or not, and if any bone reconstructions or additions or sinus lift are required.
4. If all analyses are good, then follows the intervention itself.
5. 3-6 months later, the last stage of the dental implant is mounting the dental crown.
How long will it be before I have teeth again?
It may be between 4 to 9 months from the moment of the implant until the tooth or teeth are attached. For simple interventions, the time necessary before attaching the tooth may be as little as three months, if the body receives the implant well. If bone addition is required, the necessary period may be extended to 9 months.
May I have several implants performed at once?
Yes. Several implants can be performed during the same intervention.
Is the procedure painful?
Dental implants are performed under anaesthesia, for which reason it is not painful at all. Should you feel a slight discomfort a few hours after insertion, your dentist can prescribe you a medication similar to the one administered after a tooth extraction.
What is the lifespan of a dental implant?
If properly cared for, a dental implant may last a lifetime. However, you must not neglect coming to the dental practice for regular check-ups, brushing your teeth properly and frequently, as well as water flossing.
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