- DENTAL IMPLANTS
- DENTAL AESTHETICS
- THE DR. ANSWERS
The latest advances in technology have altered radically the surgeon techniques in the world of oral surgery and implantology. It has been almost five years since we can use the preciseness and exactitude achieved by computers in order to set implants. Thanks to computers we can obtain a tridimensional image through a dental CT with which we can planify the implant setting onto the bone and design the prosthetic which will be fastened onto the implants.
Nowadays, implant setting is a process that can last several months. First it is necessary to take out any damaged teeth or tooth and wait for healing. In case the patient has empty spaced, there is no need for waiting. Once the gum is healed, we set the implants. From the moment of surgery until the definite prosthetic has been cast and put in place, we must wait four months for the maxilla and three for the jaw. During these months, the patient will wear a provisional prosthetic.
Thanks to the safest and most advanced techniques, in i3 International Institute of Oral Implantology and facial aesthetics we can make the process shorter and more comfortable, withouth the necessity of provissional prosthetics during these months, so you can leave the same day with a fixed prosthetic. This can be done after a complete study with selected patients, since, unfortunately, this is not possible in all patients.
The process is like this: We fix the immediate implants (an immediate implant is that which is put on the same day of the extraction).
The objective of this technique is that of shortening the waiting time between the extraction of a tooth and the insertion of an implant. For this, we need to use a special technique based on a surgical protocol. Depending on the bone quality of the patient, in many cases we can fix the implant or not. Once the implant has been fixed, if the patient has a good bone quality, we can attach a provisional crown, all in the same intervention.
We are talking about the "tooth in one hour" technique when the patient enters the clinic with an open space, and leaves one hour later, with an implant and a crown.
Likewise, the "tooth in one day" consists in extracting all the teeth in the jaw and fixing a complete provisional prosthetic fixed onto 6 to 8 implants. In this last case, the patient enters the clinic in the morning and leaves in the afternoon with a complete provisional prosthetic attached to the implants.
In the 80% of cases, there is no need to open the gum with a scalpel in order to fix an implant. Normally we open a small orifice through which we drill a hole to insert the implant. Since we don´t cut the gums, there is almost no post-operative pain, and it will be enough with a simple painkiller the day after the operation. Since no scalpels are used, there are no cuts, no bleeding and no stitches. All of this ensures a painless and excellent recovery.
As doctors, we understand that pain, and fear of pain represent a big problem. It is our duty to spare you this problem and assure you a painless treatment and post-operative.
We offer different types of sedation and anaesthetics, through the most modern narcosis techniques so you can feel totally relaxed throughout your dental treatment.
For over twenty years, CONSCIOUS SEDATION has been successfully used in the United States. In our clinic, we use this technique in order to eliminate the anxiety and stress produced by any visit to the dentist.
The patient is conscious, awake, collaborative and relaxed at all times. Thus, the patient manages to overcome the fear and anxiety many people fee upon entering into a dentist´s office. The sound of the microrotor, the surgical aspirator, etc... disappear through our CONSCIOUS SEDATION Technique. We also offer you various types of anaesthetics and sedation, using the most modern narcosis techniques so as to make sure you feel safe and relaxed during your treatment.
Immediate loading means that once the implant or implants are carefully installed, a temporat prosthesis is attached.
There are several ways to do it, but it can only be performed in patients with a good bone quality. After the implant has been performed, a temporary prosthesis is screwed on and the patient leaves the clinic with a fixed prosthetics (i.e. with the teeth in the mouth).
The patient will wear this provisional prosthesis during three or four months, before attaching the definitive crown to the implant. During this time, it is best to keep a soft diet.
The loss of teeth causes a severe aesthetical problem, and keepts the patient from being able to eat correctly.
On losing teeth, the holding bone looses its function, ad a few months aterwards, this bone, situated in the maxilla or jaw, begins to shrink and disappear. Retracting after some time.
The retraction and shrinking of this bone, causes two main consequences:
A temporary solution is the use of adhesives or pads. However, after some time the denture may move again, and the adhesives might alter the taste of food.
Removable dentures do not allow you to eat the way you used to. How long it' s been since you havent bitten into a sandwich or a piece of fruit_ It is very difficult, sometimes impossible, to swallow and the pallate ends up with sores.