Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a small titanium screw, a biocompatible material, intended to replace the natural root of a missing tooth. The dental implant is inserted directly into the bone, which then grows around the surface area of the implant to anchor it solidly.

Cosa sono gli impianti dentali

The next stage, following a period of healing, is the prosthetic reconstruction in the form of a crown, bridge or prosthesis. Acting like a root, the dental implant provides a stable foundation for the placement of a tooth which will remain solid, making it possible to eat, speak and smile without care.

Compared to traditional methods, the replacement of teeth using implants represents a greater guarantee of comfort and durability.

What are the Dental Implant’s components?

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Titanium dental implant

It is a titanium screw which is inserted in the bone, replacing the root of the missing tooth. The length and thickness of the dental implant depend on the quality and dimension of available bone tissue.

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Pillar

The pillar is the component which ensures a perfect seal between the dental implant and the crown, and is available in titanium, gold or ceramic.

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Crowns, bridges or complete prostheses

Once the dental implant and the pillar are inserted, the next step is positioning the crown, a bridge consisting of several teeth, or a total prosthesis for the entire mandible (lower jaw) or maxilla (upper jaw).

Step By Step Implant Treatment

1) A thorough examination

A conversation between patient and dentist is always the first step, followed by a thorough dental examination, with an assessment of the clinical situation, complimentary radiographic examination and screening to verify the condition of the bone tissue and determine the position for the dental implant. In addition, an impression of the mandible and the existing teeth is taken.

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Inserimento dell'impianto dentale

2) Insertion of the implant

There are different methods for the insertion of the dental implant based on the clinical situation.
In a one-stage procedure, the dental implant is positioned and a temporary pillar is then fixed. In a two-stage procedure, the dental implant is inserted, then covered by the gum, and the pillar is fixed at a later date.
A tooth or a temporary prosthesis are positioned during both methods, with maximum healing times of three months for the mandible and six months for the maxilla.

3) Positioning the pillar

In a one-stage procedure, the temporary pillar is replaced by the permanent pillar after the dental implant has integrated with the bone tissue.
The second part of the two-stage procedure consists of making a small incision to open the gum and insert the pillar into its position.

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4) Creating the tooth

Once the pillar is in position, a new impression is made, and then compared with the one made during the first examination. The dental technician then carefully designs and creates the crown, the bridge or the prosthesis, based on the final model. Particular attention is given to the colour and shape so that the new teeth are as similar as possible to the natural teeth.

5) Positioning the crown and follow up

Fixing the new teeth to the dental implants is a simple procedure. Generally, the procedure is followed by a couple of visits to verify functionality and aesthetic appearance, and to ensure the patient is completely satisfied with their new teeth.

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