A dental implant replaces the root of a natural tooth. It is made of titanium, a strong, biocompatible, and light material. Dental implants are placed in the maxilla or jaw bone in the mouth, and are invisible after its surgical placement. Over the implant a crown will be placed afterwards.
In the past 25 years, dental implants boosted the dentistry market worldwide. Since its invention, a tooth is less frightening and dramatic for the affected ones, as the dental implant is its solution. The use of dental implants evolved after yearlong scientific research and development, and its clinical practice. Ever after, the exercise of implant dentistry demands knowledge, training and experience in the scheduling, surgery and restauration of the tooth.
In order that the placement of the implant will be successful in long-term, it is necessary that the implant is placed correctly in the jaw bone. It is highly relevant that the implant is placed in harmony with the surrounding teeth and bone. In the case that the placed implant disturbs surrounding teeth, or even, if the bone was not reconsidered during its placement, the implant can fail shortly after and moreover, harm the general oral health.
This is why, the decision of the doctor who will treat you is very important. To be a successful surgeon, needs a lot of rigor, studies, and education. Furthermore, the materials used during an implant surgery, as well as the brand and type of the implant are very relevant for a successful result. Keep in mind, that if you seek for a qualitative result you cannot consider a low-cost supplier. Reconsider the quality and price of the materials and machines in the operating room. Additionally, the expertise and work of the dental prosthetist or dental technician have their value which you should respect for a satisfying final result.
In Tafur Dental Clinic we seek for perfection in a long-lasting beautiful and healthy smile. Therefore, we pass you the following tips to assure a yearlong successful implant placement. Let’s get it started:
#1 – SAY YES TO AN EXPERIENCED DOCTOR
A fundamental reason why implants fail is because the implant was placed with a wrong technique. Don’t seek for the most attractive price, but instead for the best price/service ratio. Value the cost your wanted final result has. The implantologist needs to be experienced, and attend continuously courses to gain the newest updates and improvements in implant dentistry. Ask for previous before and after pictures, if possible, to reassure yourself that the dentist you are reconsidering is a good professional. The maintaining training and development of the dentist can give you a guarantee for success. Besides, the implant used by the doctor should have scientific studies and decent controls.
#2 – FIGHT GUM DISEASES BEFORE IMPLANT TREATMENT
As the implant is placed inside the gum and bone, it is vital that you do not have a periodontal/gum disease meanwhile. Men affected by a gum disease suffer from gum swelling and recession, resulting in bone loss. Bone loss and the bacteria involved in a gum disease are the major reason for failing implants after its placement. The bone needs to provide stability to the implant, and in fact, a backing or unhealthy bone cannot give this stability for long-term. Besides, in the case that the gum disease is not being treated prior to the implant placement, the bacteria of the gum and mouth will be passed to the dental implant.
#3 – MUST HAVE: QUALITATIVE CROWN OVER IMPLANT
The crown is placed over the implant and will be the visible part of the imitating tooth. It is commonly made by a dental prosthetist and technician lab. The crown needs to be made with perfection and knowledge as it forms the chewing and biting manner. It is vital that the crown is precisely placed over the implant. If there is a space between implant and crown, bacteria can easily accumulate in this area and evolve an infection. Additionally, all materials used need to be appropriate for the implant and gum, and have a polished surface in order to prevent contamination.
#4 – REGULAR CHECK-UPS AFTER TREATMENT
After the implant placement, it is highly recommended to visit the dentist for a check-up every six months. The soft tissues should be supervised, and the doctor should make sure that there is no swelling or disease in the mouth which could harm the implant. By visiting regularly the dentist you can evade any complications to arise.
#5 – MAINTAIN YOUR ORAL HEALTH AT HOME
After an implant surgery nothing is really changing in the oral hygiene routine at home. The routine stays the same, it is only more important to do it correctly now. You should brush your teeth at least two times per day, ideally after each meal. Rinse your mouth, floss your teeth, and use interdental brushes to finish your daily routine. We also recommend the use of a pressurized water irrigator for more precise gum cleaning.
Remember that as we can lose our natural teeth, we can also lose dental implants. Choose a dentist who gives you security, experience, and the best result for your health. You would do it the same way if you would look for a cardiac surgeon.