Dental implants are the most comfortable and effective way to restore missing pieces and improve personal aesthetics by recovering a natural smile.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are small titanium screws - they do not generate rejection in the human body - that are introduced into the bone through the gum so that they act as the root of our own teeth. To do this, dental implants must be welded to the jawbone or maxilla, a process that takes a few months and that, once carried out, provides an extraordinary fixation to the new teeth that will be placed in place of the absent.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
Since the first dental implant was placed in one person in 1965, the field of Implantology has undergone an important development in terms of techniques, materials and technology used.
These advances have brought a success rate of 97% of the cases and aesthetic results that make it impossible to distinguish an implant from a natural tooth.
How long do implants last?
Implants are designed to be a definitive treatment. In other words, they do not have an expiry date or an estimated half-life. In fact, several recently published studies have established that 90% of implants placed ten years ago are still functional today.
However, the anatomical and physiological characteristics of the person, as well as their habits and the origin of tooth loss, play a fundamental role in the long-term survival of implants.
As far as the habits that depend directly on the patient are concerned, it is advisable to brush the teeth after each meal -also using dental floss-, not to smoke and to undergo annual check-ups so that the dentist or hygienist can carry out professional hygiene.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are totally safe for our health. The material from which most of them are made - titanium - has been used for decades, is compatible with the human body and has the ability to osseointegrate.