What is a dental implant?
“Dental implants” are the best long-term solution for missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth. When compared with natural teeth, dental implants reproduce the natural root function, which is to hold the visible part of the tooth, the crown.
Dental implants are in direct contact with the bone, fused in a biological process called osseointegration. The implant made of titanium, offers optimal bio-compatible characteristics to interact with the bone to be resistant and safe to the patient. The dental implant underlies then under the gum, and therefore not seen.
How is the implant held to the bone?
“Osseointegration” is the process involved referring to the way in which the implant fuses directly to the bone. This process involves a biological union between the implant and the patients organism.
Now widely researched, osseointegration was first discovered in the 1960s by Swedish researcher Per-Ingvar Branemark.
The bone cells adhere directly to the titanium surface. This interaction causes a mechanical lock. Placing dental implants into jaw bones by controlled surgical procedures allow them to “osseointegrate”.
Osseointegrated implants can then be used to support prosthetic tooth replacements from a single missing tooth to a full arch (upper or lower), offering a completely natural appearance and a whole new smile.
When can dental implants be used?
“Dental implants” nowadays, can be considered one of the most successful ways to replace missing teeth.
When only one tooth is missing; replacing one missing tooth is important not only aesthetically but functionally. Replacing a missing tooth with an implant
avoids damaging of the neighboring teeth. If not replaced neighboring teeth may drift wrong to the gap. If replaced with a bridge, the preparation of neighboring teeth involves recontouring by removing a portion of enamel. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant is like recovering your missing tooth without affecting adjacent teeth.
When several teeth are missing; dental implants offer the benefit of using non removable dentures. . Using prosthetics over dental implants avoids taking in and out of the mouth rendering more comfort.
When all teeth are missing; there are several prosthetic designs over implants for the overall replacement of teeth. This improves considerably quality of life to the patient. Back to enjoying social activities with a beautiful natural smile.
Who is a proper candidate for dental implants?
Implantology, as a branch of oral rehabilitation, requires rigorous diagnosis for the patient’s well-being, and best predicted results.
It is most important and key to success an integral plan, considering health of teeth, gums, bite and general patient’s health.
It can be determined if dental implants are right for you, after a consultation that looks at your needs and considers your dental and medical history.
How does Dr. Vargas plan for surgery?
Today’s technology allows high standards of accuracy, as long as all diagnostic elements are used in conjunction. Dr. Vargas follows a strict philosophy of treatment based on esthetics for reaching biologically functional lasting smiles. The most advanced dento-facial techniques integrating X-ray and 3D images are implemented for the best diagnosis.
What is the rate of success of dental implants?
Dental implants have been successfully placed since the 1950’s. With ongoing technological advancements and more durable implant materials, long term rates have been reported at over 95 percent. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Is the surgery painful?
As in many of our procedures local anesthesia is applied by expert hands. We safely provide our patients with conventional methods of anesthesia therefore successfully overcoming surgery with less discomfort than a tooth extraction.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are among the longest lasting dental procedures registered in scientific literature. In some specific cases more than 20 years. There are many factors involved in the permanent functionality of the implant starting with the surgical procedures involved followed by the daily care of the patient and risk factors of bad habits such as smoking, biting hard objects and gnashing of teeth.
A patient receiving any dental treatment must acknowledge a change in their daily dental hygiene. More dedication to their natural teeth in all circumstances of the treatment. Patients must emphasize in hygiene and the periodic dental visits to the doctor to assure a long lasting success.
Dental implant benefits:
- Are permanent
- A long-term solution for one or several missing teeth
- Allows you to eat any type of food you like
- Self-supportive, don’t damage your remaining natural teeth
- Stimulate bone growth just like natural teeth
- Promotes a healthy jawbone
- Will never shift around while speaking or eating
- Easy to maintain
- Not susceptible to cavities
- Restore chewing ability to enjoy all the foods you love
- Preserve your facial structure
- Take care of them just like natural teeth!
Our Dental Implants Services
The implant is a small, titanium post place into the jawbone through surgery. A custom-made porcelain tooth or set of teeth is attached to the implant. Missing teeth can distract from an otherwise beautiful smile and cause other dental problems that can lead to the loss of even more teeth.If you have missing or badly damaged teeth that make it difficult to chew and embarrassing to smile, dental implants are the permanent solution.
Restore your smile with Dental Services Costa Rica with the most modern and advanced dental techniques and versatile materials that are stronger and long-lasting.