Losing a tooth is never exciting; it’s more like irritating and embarrassing. But there are things one can turn to when something like this happens. To help folks understand more about dental implants, this brief article lists several curiosities that many people do not know when it comes to implantology.
Dental implants are made of a biocompatible material (meaning they cannot be rejected by the body). The material used is commercially pure titanium metal – hard enough to receive a prosthetic crown and withstand functional masticatory loads with long-term predictability. Not every dentist is able to place dental implants. It is necessary to know if the professional you choose is specialized and is prepared surgically in the development of the technique.
The minimum age to undergo implant placement is usually between 16 and 18 years of age. This is because it is necessary for the body to have completed bone growth. Regarding the maximum age, there is no age limit, provided that the patient provides local and general (systemic) conditions of normality. Elderly patients are the ones favored by this procedure.
The implant does not have an “end date” so to speak and is considered to be a lifelong treatment as long as routine maintenance is performed in an appropriate way. Implantation is not painful for the patient either. The time of treatment can vary greatly from person to person. However, there are cases where it is possible to place implants and have the patient using their new tooth within 24 hours. This procedure is called immediate loading.
If a patient is afraid, the treatment can be done with sedation or general anesthesia. The cost of treatment is similar or even lower than other similar conventional treatments, with a time incomparable with said treatments. What is a dental implant anyway? Dental implants are artificial roots that replace the roots of absent natural teeth. These artificial roots are like cylinders or pins, made from a specific metal called titanium. They are surgically inserted into the maxillary bones of the patient through a suitable technique and can only be performed by a specialized dentist.