The advancement of dental implant technology in Spain has made dental implants the best solution by far for people who have lost or are about to lose a tooth or, indeed, several teeth. Placement of dental implants is a shining example of just how far dentistry has progressed since removable dentures, the implants remaining firmly fixed in place and therefore achieving much more functional, aesthetic and comfortable results for the patient.
Dental implants are one of the fairly common procedures carried out in our clinics to restore proper function and reach pleasing aesthetic results. However, we have noticed that a lot of people seem to have little previous knowledge about implants and, consequently, we have decided to answer the most frequent doubts that we hear at our clinics:
When there is not enough jawbone, can I still have an implant?
Owing to the advances in dental implant technology, nowadays almost all patients can opt for implants, even in cases where there is not enough bone. In fact, there are currently techniques available to attain the necessary bone level to make the placement of implants possible, either with bone grafts or opting for cheekbone instead of jawbone.
Allergic reactions and implant rejection: myth or reality?
The materials from which implants are made (titanium and zirconium) are biocompatible with the tissues in the mouth, so it is very rare for an allergic reaction to occur or for the body to reject the implant. What must be taken into account is the osseointegration of the dental implant, i.e. the bonding between this material and the patient’s jawbone, a vital process for keeping the new tooth fixed securely in the mouth. A lack of osseointegration only occurs in 2% of procedures and is usually caused by infections before or after treatment, poor oral hygiene or smoking, among other factors.
From what age can people have dental implants?
Implants are often heard of as a solution for older people. However, there is no age limit for this procedure. Furthermore, as soon as a person’s jaw and jawbone have finished growth, which happens at approximately 18 years of age, dental implants are the best option for anyone who has lost one or more teeth.
No. Dental implantology is a specialist field and not all dentists are dental implant specialists. A specialist who plans and places dental implants must be very well trained in order to correctly evaluate the condition of the patient’s mouth, make the most appropriate decisions for each case (surgical technique, quantity or types of implant necessary …) and know precisely how to deal with possible risk factors and any complications that may arise.
Are dental implants for life?
When osseointegration occurs correctly, the long-term success rate of an implant is very high. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of patients keep their implant 15 years after surgery. For this to happen, the implants must be looked after properly: it is vital that an adequate oral hygiene routine be kept up to avoid diseases such as periimplantitis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the implant) , regular check-ups at your dental clinic are also very important, plus an annual implant maintenance appointment with your specialist.
Maintenance and proper hygiene are essential to ensure the durability of dental implants. Everyone understands that a car needs regular maintenance to keep it in good condition, however we seem to have difficulty understanding that the maintenance of dental implants is crucial to avoid any problems in the future, something that common sense should tell us if we think about the constant use we give our teeth and the amount of different products that we eat and drink daily that can put our implants at risk (sweet, acidic food and drinks at varying hot and cold temperatures …).
Each case is different, this is why at our clinics we always individualise treatments, evaluate the different options and create a treatment plan adapted to the needs of each patient. If you have any further questions about the placement of dental implants, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or contact us.