A dental implant is a very small Titanium device that’s placed in a patient’s mouth to replace one or more missing teeth. They have been used for decades in Dentistry, becoming today in the only dental treatment with a success rate close to 100%, being the most reliable and predictable according to today’s standards.
There are several protocols for implant placement used today. Each case is different, but placement is always a simple procedure, and once the healing process occurs (a process we know in dentistry as Osseointegration), they are ready to receive a final implant supported crown. In some cases, we can even place a temporary crown the same day we place the dental implant, letting our patients smile and function in a much more comfortable way during the healing process.
It is also important to know that to be able to receive dental implants a patient has to be healthy, with no uncontrolled systemic underlying diseases (High blood pressure and Diabetes for example) and patients that do not take medications that affect bone healing (Bisphosphonates for example). On the other hand, a Dental CAT Scan should be taken to know the exact quantity and quality of bone, to analyze the need of bone grafting or any other situation that only a Three-dimensional image can give.
As mentioned before, dental implants can be utilized to replace individual teeth, and in most cases, depending on the Dental CAT Scan information, can be placed during the same procedure a dental extraction has been made, minimizing healing time and the wait for the final crown of a patient.
Cases where several teeth must be replaced, even all teeth of a patient’s jaw, are more complex, but can also receive provisional teeth the same day, letting our patient’s smile, eat comfortably.
With more than 30 years of experience in Dentistry and being pioneers in Implant placement in Costa Rica, Gil Dental Group can help you. Our professional are all Specialists in their respective fields and have the knowledge and know-how to respond all of your questions regarding dental implants. Do not hesitate in asking the benefits and details of your case. We are here to help you recover your teeth and smile!