A dental implant is an artificial piece shaped like a small screw, designed to act as the root of the tooth. They are permanently fixed in the jaw, so they can support different types of dental restorations (crowns, bridges or special prostheses), which replace missing teeth.
Unlike dentures, which rest on bone, implants are built into the jawbone so that gum tissue grows around the replacement tooth just like natural teeth. This is because the implants fuse with the bone in a process known as osseointegration.
Dental implants are the definitive solution to tooth loss due to trauma, injury or periodontal disease. In addition, they reduce the risk of bone loss in the upper or lower jaw, related to the loss of a tooth.
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There are different types of implants to choose from depending on the degree of tooth loss:
• Single tooth replacement
If only one tooth is missing, an implant is placed and covered with a dental crown.
• Replacement of several teeth
If several teeth are missing, at least 2 implants will be placed in the bone and a dental bridge will be placed on them.
• Complete rebuild
Reconstruction treatments seek to replace all the missing teeth in the patient’s mouth. They are known as all on 4, all on 6 and all on 8 implants, or as fixed dentures on dental implants.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for an individual dental implant in Mexico?
To know exactly if this procedure is for you, it is best to see a specialist. But in general, the previous considerations are:
What happens if I am not a good candidate?
Patients who have suffered significant bone volume loss, either because of disease, trauma, or the long-term absence of the natural teeth, may need an adequate restoration through bone grafting before being able to get dental implant work done.
How is the process?
Does an implant feel like a natural tooth?
Yes. Dental implants feel and function just like natural teeth as they are embedded in the gums. On the other hand, with a prosthesis the patient has a foreign body to which he must get used.
How long do dental implants take to heal?
Dental implants can take three to several months to integrate into place. The bone around a new implant needs time to heal so it can secure the implant into place. Jaw augmentation procedures (or bone grafting) require additional healing time, too, meaning the whole process could take several months to be completed.
How long will dental implants last?
With proper hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime. That is, from 30 to 50 years. In addition to hygiene, it is important to visit the dentist regularly for check ups and professional cleaning.
Does it hurt to get dental implants?
For the implant´s placement, a local anesthetic is applied, so the patient feels minimal discomfort. During the postoperative period, analgesics and antibiotics are recommended to combat inflammation and pain, so that the discomfort will be tolerable.
How is an implant better than a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are a cheaper solution than implants, but they are usually removable so food debris can get underneath and cause bad breath and bacteria buildup. In addition, they can move when chewing and cause discomfort to the patient. The implants are fixed, they integrate with the maxillary bone and act in a similar way to the bone. The sensation when speaking and chewing is similar to that of natural teeth.