What are implants?
Who should have an implant?
Anyone who has lost one or more teeth, people who want to restore their appearance, chewing or speech ability, people with dysfunctional dentures or long-term denture wear. In cases with high alveolar bone or non-suitable bone structure, it’s recommended to perform a bone augmentation procedure (bone grafting) in order to accommodate implants. If you meet all the criteria for implants above, dr. Gino Tafra will be happy to discuss the various treatment options that are available, perform the initial examination and create a 3D diagnostic analysis (Orthopan).
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Dental implants are artificial roots – titanium bolts. How do they act in the jaw? Mechanical, like screws or bolts, or like our own teeth?
Primary, mechanical stability
Right after implant placement and a couple of weeks after the procedure, their stability in the bone is strictly mechanical. Dental implants have threads and their placement is planned with a measured amount of force according to bone density and rigidity.
Naturally, implant placement immediately causes reaction in the surrounding bone which results in a decrease in mechanical stability in 2 weeks after the procedure. At the same time, while losing mechanical stability, biological stability evolves.
Secondary, biological stability
Due to titanium biocompatibility and a coarse surface of dental implants, a biological stability is created. The “coarse surface” is a term researched and experimented for decades with a goal of getting the most optimal surface that will interact with the bone. During the last couple of years, a great progress has been made in mastering the perfect implant design and surface. The goal is to achieve the best integration of the vital bone marrow in the microstructure of the implant’s surface while sparing as much time as possible. This process is called osseointegration.
Tertiary stability evolves from functional integration and dental implant load. The load involves dental crowns, dental bridges, skeleton prosthetics and implants being exposed to chewing force.
Dental Implant Rejection
Good news: there is no such thing as titanium allergy – 95 % dental implants on the market are manufactured from titanium.
Orthopaedic implants such as artificial hips, knees and shoulders are also manufactured from biocompatible titanium and the allergic reactions are 100 % unrecorded. What makes titanium differ from other metals?
Titanium has a strong affinity towards oxygen so immediately after the release of the titanium ions, an oxygen layer is created. Oxides can’t bind proteins and that results in the impossibility of a titanium allergic reaction.
Attention: around 2% of implants don’t osseointegrate (fuse with the bone). For some reason, they get rejected. In order to achieve the best results, make sure your doctor is experienced, uses only certified implants and that the procedure is carried out in a strictly sterile environment.
Dental implant placement procedure
6 Steps to a gorgeous smile with dental implants:
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