Dental implants: how are they placed and how to maintain them?

A dental implant is a medical device used to replace missing teeth. The implant acts as an artificial root, allowing crowns or dental prostheses to be attached. Currently, they are usually made of chemically pure titanium.

Implant placement

The placement process consists of a surgical and a prosthetic phase. During the surgical phase, which is quick and painless, we fix the implants in the jawbone. The process is performed under local anesthesia, which prevents any discomfort to the patient. In addition, for those who require it, the treatment can be performed under sedation with the supervision of an anesthesiologist.

Once the implant is fixed, a biological process begins during which the bone cells attach themselves to the implant surface and literally anchor it. This process is known as osseointegration.

Maintenance of implants

Thanks to the enormous progress in materials that has been made in recent years, we can affirm that the difference between a natural tooth and an artificial one is practically non-existent. In addition, this type of treatment has a high degree of safety.

The care that the patient must maintain for the good condition of the implants is correct hygiene and regular check-ups as prescribed by the dentist. These check-ups can avoid possible complications, such as bacterial contamination or prosthesis maladjustments due to wear and tear. In addition, there are preventive routines that guarantee the long-term health of the implant.