What are dental implants and what distinguishes them from dentures?
Dental implants are a very safe procedure that consists of replacing one or more teeth that the patient may have lost. The difference with conventional prostheses is the stability and comfort that provides the patient with the sensation of “having something fixed” that does not move and that has a positive impact both esthetically and in terms of nutrition.
When should I have a dental implant?
The ideal time to place an implant is approximately two to three months after an extraction, although if the case is favorable, the tooth can be extracted and the implant placed at the same time.
What is the difference between a “normal” implant and an immediate load implant?
There is a special type of process which is the immediate load implants, only in those cases where esthetically we cannot wait for the healing time, but they are only useful for esthetics.
Are they permanent in time? Do I need to maintain my implants? How do I do it?
In principle it is a permanent treatment but we must adopt maintenance habits such as giving up smoking, a thorough hygiene and control systemic diseases that may affect healing.
For more information, consult a specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.