How is the process to place a dental implant

The most comfortable, effective and long-lasting solution to replace a dental piece are undoubtedly the dental implants.

The implant is designed to replace the missing root and hold the dental prosthesis in place. It normally has a coiled shape and is made of titanium, a biologically compatible material that allows it to be attached to bone.

Complete procedure to place an implant

In general, we can say that The implant placement process encompasses 4 phases: diagnosis and planning, surgery, prosthesis or rehabilitation, and maintenance.

Diagnosis and planning phase

It is a fundamental stage for implant placement. This is because Making a good diagnosis of the case and correct planning of the surgery are essential for the success of the treatment..

This phase includes X-rays as well as a study of cone beamwhich is a three-dimensional scan of the patient’s mouth to plan the surgery and assess what type of intervention is the most appropriate and if the patient has a sufficient amount of bone to support the implant.

Likewise, other details such as the position, size and inclination that the implants to be placed must have are planned.

surgical phase

In this phase, the specialist makes a small incision in the patient’s gum, places the titanium implant and gives stitches. After a few days, the patient goes for a check-up in which the stitches are removed.

For three to four months after surgery the implants will be attached to the bone. During that time, the patient will be able to use temporary prostheses.

The placement of dental implants is a minor surgery that is performed under local anesthesia and usually lasts one hour. Contrary to what many people think, it is a simple intervention that involves less discomfort than the extraction of a wisdom tooth.

In addition, you can also choose the conscious sedationwhich is indicated for people who suffer a high level of stress and anxiety when they have to undergo dental treatment.

Prosthetic or rehabilitation phase

Once the implant is attached to the bone, the implant is uncovered and a healing abutment is placed so that the gum does not cover it again.

After two weeks, the specialist places an impression post inside the patient’s mouth to transfer the shape of the gum, teeth and the exact position of the implant. The impression is sent to the laboratory to begin the manufacture of the prosthesis.

Once the prosthesis is finished, it is tried on the patient to make the necessary changes in color, shape and bite. Once the final prosthesis is placed, the patient should be able to eat normally and feel no discomfort.

maintenance phase

It is essential to carry out a periodic control with the specialist to guarantee the success of dental implants.

Thus, the dental professional can periodically review and evaluate possible problems that interfere with the good “health” of the implant.

The main reason for revisions is to check the optimal condition of the tissues surrounding the implant, both the gum and the bone, and to check that the force supported by the implant is correct.

In this sense, patients with implants must go for a review every 6 months. Although, depending on the patient’s case, the dentist can schedule more frequent reviews.

We are specialists in dental implants

Dr. Daniel has more than 10 years of experience as a periodontist and implantologist in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León. In addition, he has an externship in dental implants from Stony Brook University in New York and has participated in various national and international conferences.

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