Frequently asked questions about dental implants
How beneficial are dental implants?
Dental implants are a logical alternative as a way to recover in terms of appearance and mouth functionality.
- Artificial teeth placed on implants are the most similar things to natural teeth both functionally and aesthetically.
- Biologically, implants are good for the bone, preventing it being re-absorbed
- In day-to-day use there is nothing to distinguish them from real teeth, both in aesthetically and functionally.
- They improve self-esteem, with no hooks or strange structures visible when smiling.
- No structures need to be attached to the palate, which is a positive thing in terms of pronunciation and taste.
- There is efficient recovery of a proper bite.
- Implants remain firm, with no movement or loosening.
- There’s nothing you can’t eat with implants.
- Implants mean a full and lasting replacement for teeth.
- They can replace one or more missing teeth.
When can dental implants be used?
In young or old people who have lost teeth due to decay, periodontal illnesses or accidents.
Is implantology painful?
Generally, implants are performed using local anaesthesia. It’s not painful and a lot of patients are surprised by how simple the procedure is. Also, they find it less painful than most other common dentistry procedures.
What is the post-operative period like?
It depends on both the complexity and quantity of implants In most cases patients can return to their normal lives the following day with little to no discomfort.
What happens if the implant fails to integrate into the bone?
There are long term studies nowadays which indicate that the success rate for implants is higher than 96%. The chances of failure are very low.
If an implant’s osseo-integration fails, another implant can be put in its place almost immediately. Generally, the implant will be slightly larger in dimension If it proves impossible to put another implant in place immediately, the area should be left to heal up for a period of between 30 and 60 days, and then we’d put another implant in the same place.
Smoking or bad hygiene routines can increase failure rates due to possible infections. Even if we could choose our patients and we could reach a success rate of 99%, it cannot be denied that there is still a 1% possibility of failure, despite following all the protocols strictly. This may be due to the quality of the bone. It is true that there are more failures on the upper jaw because the bone tends to be less compact than in the lower jaw.
Do implants look natural?
In most cases no one will notice the difference. When a tooth is lost it is important to put the implant in place as soon as possible, this will notably improve the effectiveness of the implant and will prevent other teeth from moving. It will also allow the patient to enjoy food, laugh, talk better and will generally improve self-esteem.
How much does an implant cost?
The cost of an implant comes in two clearly distinguishable parts: first, the titanium part that replaces the natural root, and secondly the crown of the tooth which is put in place on top of the implant. So, the price is highly dependent on the size and brand of the implants to be used. Also, the crown can be made of different materials, meaning that both the size and quality will have great influence over the price.
At the dental clinic Clínica Dental Adalia, we recommend the best options clearly and professionally. We always offer the best treatment we can, taking the client into account and providing the best quality.
As soon as you ask us for a quote, we will offer you a document showing all the aspects to be considered. This will cover the diagnosis, the pieces chosen and their manufacture, the cost of the operation and of the operating room itself, including the check-ups and replacement of the implant if osseo-integration were to fail to take place.