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Implantology

Dental implants

A dental implant is a structure that replaces the root of a missing natural tooth. It consists of a small titanium screw that is placed directly into the bone where the tooth is missing.

Frequently asked questions about dental implants

What is the best way to replace a missing tooth?

The implant blends perfectly with the bone tissue and behaves like the roots of a natural tooth.

It is upon this implant that the final restoration will be fixed: whether it is a crown, a bridge or a complete prosthesis. A dental implant is solidly anchored to the bone, so the restoration that will be attached to it will be more stable than a removable prosthesis (partial or denture).

Once the treatment is completed, you will recover balance in your mouth when you chew.

What are the advantages of a dental implant?

Dental implants:

  • Allows surrounding teeth to remain intact;
  • Restores the comfort and aesthetics of a natural tooth;
  • Allows the jawbone to keep its strength as it is stimulated;
  • Maintenance is easy;
  • The implant lasts longer with regular follow-ups and good maintenance care;
  • It makes chewing and digesting food easier.

How long does a dental implant last?

It depends on how well you maintain your dental implants, but the implant can last a lifetime. The crown or bridge on top of it may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years.

Are dental implants dangerous to your health?

Except in cases of an allergy to titanium, the metal that makes up dental implants is safe to use. Rejection of a titanium implant is manifested by a failure to osseointegrate.

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