Implants, What are they?
A dental implant is a small titanium (biocompatible material) screw that replaces a tooth’s natural root. By means of different prosthetic components the crown or definite bridge is made; this restores chewing and enhances the physical appearance of the patient.
The teetanium® implant system is available in various sizes to cover the needs of each patient.
A dental implant is the most similar thing to your natural tooth; it is stable and functional.
You will be able to eat, laugh and speak confidently, since you will be carrying a fixed prosthesis that does not allow mobility.
Today, with the new progress on dental prostheses, it is possible to rehabilitate one or several pieces without needing to use metals.
Millions of people have been enjoying the advantages and benefits of dental implants for more than 30 years.
Every patient should undergo an exhaustive clinical diagnosis before the treatment. A series of diagnostic tests requested by your doctor will be necessary.
Your overall health, in addition to good bone quality and quantity, will be taken into account. The only problem could be the lack of bone or another clinical circumstance that would make implant positioning impossible.
There is no pain in the implant preparation or insertion; there might only be some discomfort that will be relieved by your doctor.
Oral health and hygiene
You should brush your teeth where implants were positioned in the same way as your natural teeth in order to attain long-term treatment success, in addition to attending periodic check-ups as indicated by your dentist.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, using a soft toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.
Use interproximal brushes to clean the tooth’s lateral faces and dental floss for those spaces where you cannot use interproximal brushes.
Thoroughly clean all parts of your mouth: teeth, gums and tongue; after brushing, you may use a mouthwash recommended by your dentist for maintenance.
In case you use a removable prosthesis, we recommend cleaning the prosthesis and the abutments in the same way as the natural teeth if you want long-term results.
Remove the prosthesis every day, carefully clean the anchorage with an everyday toothbrush, then clean the bar with an end-tufted brush in areas where there is contact with the gum and around the abutments; use an interproximal brush for areas which are difficult to reach.
You have undergone dental implant surgery. We provide a series of recommendations below for optimum post-operative care, and for correct implant osseointegration.
Please do not hesitate to contact your dentist if you have any questions or queries.
1. After the operation, apply a piece of gauze for about 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, apply a new piece of gauze for another 30 minutes.
2. To avoid swelling, place a bag of ice within a small towel over the operated area intermittently for 6 to 8 hours following the operation.
3. Do not rinse your mouth or spit, as this may disrupt the clot and cause bleeding to continue. It is advisable to commence normal tooth brushing the day following the operation and in all cases follow your dentist’s instructions.
4. Keep your head in a position above the rest of the body. Avoid physical exertion or risky activities for 48 hours after the operation.
5. Follow a soft diet and swallow liquid foods at room temperature over the days following the operation, until your dentist performs the first post-operative follow up and removes the stitches.
6. It is normal to experience mild discomfort, difficulty opening the mouth and probably a mild fever.
7. Carefully follow the prescriptions made by your dentist and do not stop taking the medication unless they instruct you to do so.
8. Smoking complicates correct implant osseointegration.
9. In the case of sinus lift procedures, avoid travelling by air for about 20 days; remember not to blow your nose, and if you have to sneeze, do so with your mouth open. Avoid carrying weight and physical exertion for one month. In case of sinus bleeding, visit your dentist.
If you have any queries, consult your dentist.