The loss of teeth is a delicate situation that greatly affects people’s self-esteem. Besides being an aesthetic problem, which leaves the patient ashamed to smile, the lack of teeth still compromises chewing and speech, and still causes other oral health problems.
But, these problems have a solution and can be solved through implant dentistry, which brings back the smile and quality of life of patients. In today’s post, we’re going to talk about this, check it out!
What is implantology?
Implantology is the dental specialty whose function is to promote oral rehabilitation through dental implants. An implant is nothing more than a titanium pin that is fixed to the lower jaw or upper jaw by means of a surgical procedure, in order to replace the root of a missing tooth.
The titanium implant serves as a support for an artificial tooth (prosthesis) to be fixed in the patient’s mouth, thus replacing the natural tooth lost.
Who is entitled to do a dental implant?
People who have lost one or more teeth in their mouth may resort to implant dentistry to solve the problem. But, every case needs to be carefully examined by the dentist, after all, not always the patient will be able to do the treatment at that time.
This is because patients with health problems such as uncontrolled diabetes, for example, are not capable of having surgery. Other problems such as bruxism, compromised oral health, heart disease, and the use of medicines that make healing difficult are other risk factors.
In these cases, the dentist will evaluate each case and propose to the patient the best solution, taking into consideration their general health status.
How is the treatment done?
Before undergoing an implant treatment, the dentist performs an evaluation and asks for some exams, including x-rays to check the best technique to be used on each patient. In many cases, the person does not have enough bone to fix the implant and therefore it is necessary to do another procedure, called a bone graft.
Implant surgery is done in the office under local anesthesia and the procedure duration depends on the surgeon’s skill and the complexity of the case. When the patient needs a bone graft, this time will be longer because two procedures will be performed.
After the surgery, it is necessary to wait a period between 6 and 8 months for the implant to integrate to the bone for later only, the treatment to be finished with the implantation of the artificial tooth (prosthesis on implant).
Does the dental implant hurt?
Like all other dental areas, implantology has evolved greatly and treatments are becoming less invasive. And although it is a surgical procedure, putting a dental implant does not cause as many upsets as people think.
Of course there may be inflammations and edemas, especially in more complex surgeries, but these setbacks are easily controlled with the use of specific medications.
The post-surgery period is usually quiet and as long as the patient follows the dentist’s recommendations regarding food and rest, he will have no problems and recovery will be in no time.
It is worth remembering that the implant is indicated for people with dental loss only. Who wants to just change the appearance of teeth, may resort to treatments with porcelain veneers and contact lenses, for example.
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