Slide Dental Implantology

Dental Implant Experts

Step 1 – Smile Design and Surgery Plan

Our Patient Assistant will help you coordinate an appointment at the most convenient clinic. The smile design team will take the necessary photographs to design your ideal smile.

Then we will obtain a CBCT that will allow us to perform a full 3D analysis of your teeth and bones. Together with the Smile Design Team, they will review, modify and approve the Smile Design.

The team of multidisciplinary dentists will analyze the case from all points of view and determine the best treatment plan to achieve the ideal smile. Your dentist will explain all the recommended treatment options to you and help you decide which one is the most convenient for you.

Treatment plan and budget approval.

Step 2 – Navigated or guided surgery and provisional smile

El cirujano dental realizará cualquiera de estos 2 procedimientos.

  • GUIDED SURGERY – This means that they will use devices to guide the placement of each implant, ensuring that they are positioned exactly in the position they should be.
  • NAVIGATED SURGERY – It is the equivalent of using a GPS when we are driving. This is a new technology called connecting planning done on the computer with the patient’s mouth in real time. It helps us to have greater precision in our surgery.

The cosmetic specialist will place the provisional smile. Made with beautiful and natural materials, it will last until the implants are ready for the final prosthesis.

Step 3 – Final smile, beautiful and natural.

  • Your dentist will review your implants and confirm that everything is as expected..
  • Final placement of the prosthesis
  • Fit and aftercare photos.

Single Implants + 2 or 3 pieces

When we are missing a single tooth the best option is always a dental implant as we maintain the bone, we do not touch the teeth adjacent to the edentulous area and it is easier to clean than a bridge.

In areas where more than two pieces are missing, two or more implants may be used to replace more than three pieces. Depending on the area to be rehabilitated and the size of the implants, it will be necessary to place more or fewer implants.

Thus, in the anterior (incisor and canine) areas, two implants can be used to rehabilitate three or four teeth, but in the posterior (molar) zones, being the zone of maximum mastication force, a greater number of implants are preferable (For example three implants for four teeth or three implants for three teeth), always taking into account the available length and bone volume.

In areas where more than two pieces are missing, two or more implants can be used to replace more than three pieces.

Implante Unitario
bridge-implant
Implante Unitario

FAQ about dental implants

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a prefabricated titanium root, which is placed on the site where there are no teeth. It replaces the natural tooth root.

Which diagnostic tests are done for implants?
  1. Dental scanner
    Full-size, three-dimensional image of the patient’s mouth. We measure the lengths, volumes and densities to be able to choose exactly the size of the implant without damaging any anatomical and/or nervous structure. It is essential for a good diagnosis. In Crooke & Laguna we have the latest generation radiological equipment so that the patient does not have to move to another center for these diagnostic tests.
  2. Intraoral and extraoral photographs to study the case in depth to be able to see the prosthetic space and measure the aesthetics that we must achieve.
  3. Model records: for the study of prosthetic space
Is it painful to have an implant?

It’s a simple technique and not painful. Placing 1 or 2 implants is a shorter and less irritating procedure than a filling. However, in the case of patients who are very anxious or who are going to have a more complex rehabilitation, it is possible to have several sedation treatments  so that the patient is totally relaxed during the process.

How long is the surgery?

Usually, the process takes between 30 and 45 minutes, although it depends on the extension of the area to be treated.

Do implants last a lifetime?

By performing the proper maintenance, both at home and in the dental clinic, implants can last forever. However, if a periodontitis or “pyorrhoea” occurs in the teeth, the implants may be affected by peri-implantitis, which can cause the implant to be lost.

Can I eat normally?

Yes, once the treatment is finished, the patient will be able to eat with complete normality.

Can everyone have dental implants?

Anyone can have implants with the exception of those patients who suffer from severe illnesses that lead to a weak immune system, or patients who have been treated for more than 3 years with bisphosphonates (mainly used in patients with menopausal osteoporosis or other diseases ). In these cases it is necessary to carry out further tests.

What causes implant loss?

It can happen for different reasons that we can classify in 3 groups:

  • Factors related to the surgical technique: bad technique, quality of implant, bone cooling.
  • Factors related to the prosthesis: quality of material, fit, occlusion.
  • Factors related to the patient: systemic diseases (diabetes, immunosuppression …), tobacco, and poor hygiene.
How many visits during implant treatment?

It depends, for a single implant 4-6 visits is enough. When it is a full mouth rehabilitation it may require more visits to adjust the function and aesthetics of the mouth perfectly.

What advantages do implants have over bridges or dentures?

To make a fixed bridge, the adjacent teeth must be carved or lowered to the missing tooth area. This, in addition to an unnecessary loss of enamel, poses a risk of damaging the patient’s nerve (and consequently having to perform a root canal). In cases where a large number of dental pieces have been lost, we only have two alternatives: removable prosthesis or implants.

Here, the advantage of implants is clear; in addition to having fixed prosthesis, we get a better masticatory function and a better aesthetic. It is important to point out that when we place implants we favour the maintenance of the bone, however, when we use bridges or removable prostheses that bone gets thinner with time.

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