Why should I get dental implants?
HEALTH. Replacing missing teeth helps maintain optimal oral health and avoids the risks associated with a missing tooth. Failure to replace a tooth can cause side effects, which may further worsen your oral health.
AESTHETICS. Not only does a radiant, healthy smile have a significant impact on your self-image, but also helps boost self-confidence and improves your social standing. Implants help preserve or restore facial features and structure, which makes them the most attractive solution to tooth loss.
INCREASED COMFORT & QUALITY OF LIFE. Smiling, eating and speaking with no discomfort are essential. Dental implants offer exceptional stability and comfort, which makes them look, feel and function like natural teeth.
SAFE & EFFECTIVE. Dental implant treatments have higher success rates than any other dental replacement technique. In addition, dental implants are conservative in that missing teeth can be replaced without affecting or altering the adjacent teeth.
Can my body reject an implant? Can implants not bond with the bone?
It has been scientifically proven that, under controlled conditions, titanium roots integrate with the living bone without inflammation of the surrounding tissues. The biological fusion of bone cells to titanium is called osseointegration. This process allows the bone to weld to and grow around the implant, giving it a firm support.
However, implant rejection should not be confused with potential complications associated with the treatment. Nowadays, 99% of the dental implants are successful. But it should be said that a person considering dental implants should have healthy gums. Any gum disease must be treated first. Unhealthy gums are unfit for implants. Implants themselves do not develop problems, but the surrounding tissues might do (gums, bone, etc.).
Is there an age limit for having dental implants?
From the moment a patient is diagnosed and they must undergo surgery, other clinical tests are carried out to make sure that the patient is fit for minor or intermediate surgery. There is no age limit for receiving dental treatment if no contraindication has been found in such tests.
In developed countries with well-established dental hygiene habits, these procedures are mostly applied to elderly patients, since it is at this stage in life when they are prone to losing their teeth. However, there is no age limit and anyone can benefit from dental implants; remember that one of the main objectives of dental implants is to improve the patient’s quality of life.
How long will my dental implants last?
Medical research states that once osseointegration (i.e. the fusion of bone to implant) has taken place, dental implants can last for many years subject to multiple factors such as the patient’s overall health, oral hygiene, regular check-ups, anatomical variations, and proper rehabilitation treatment.
In a nutshell, the implant lifespan will mainly depend on two factors:
a) Oral hygiene: if not carried out daily and thoroughly, infections may occur, which will lead to bone mass reduction, causing implant removal.
b) Bone mass quality and quantity: a healthy diet is also essential to maintain and improve bone mass and bone quality standards.
If I smoke, can I wear dental implants?
Yes, but beware: the success rate in smokers is only around 65% ten years after procedure, in comparison with 98.3% for non-smoking patients.
Extensive research has shown that smoking habits represent an increased risk of implant failure/loss over the years.
What material are implants made of?
Dental implants are made of pure titanium—a material proven to be biocompatible, in other words, accepted by living bone tissue. During the productive process implants undergo strict quality controls.
Does the implant brand matter?
The implant brand actually does matter because it helps guarantee the success of the treatment, together with the dentist’s high standards and the technology used. At Gioia Dental Surgery we use the leading brands worldwide: Biomet, BioHorizons, Klockner and Straumann.
Are dental implant procedures painful?
Dental implant procedures are not painful as they are performed under local anaesthesia. However, some soreness may be expected afterwards, but it can be controlled and relieved with medication.
Even so, with the patient’s suffering and best interest in mind, at Gioia Dental Surgery our anaesthetist will administer conscious sedation to patients undergoing a complex or long surgical intervention. Upon request, it can also be given to patients who need to be put at ease because they are feeling a bit anxious or nervous.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a titanium root that is surgically placed into the jawbone to support the dental restoration, i.e. a crown, and thus replace the missing tooth. It also serves to fix and hold dentures in place.
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. The latter is visible in the mouth and it is used to chew and grind food. The former is the lower portion of the tooth, essential for anchoring the tooth to the jawbone.
When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown, and a new root is needed to replace it with an implant.
As regards the procedure, a titanium root is embedded in the jawbone in order to substitute the lost natural root. When the initial healing phase is completed, the abutment is attached to the root. This creates an anchor for the crown.
Dental implants are the best option for recovering a firm, comfortable and aesthetic set of teeth. At Gioia Dental Surgery we specialise in dental implants, offering the most state-of-the-art techniques and the latest technology.