5 common ideas about dental implants
Do you need to get dental implants but want to ask some questions first? Our experts discuss common ideas about the treatment.
1- Getting a dental implant is painful
Fear of the dentist, and more broadly associating this with pain, is personal and subjective. Although everyone may react differently, the significant advances made in the field of dental implantology mean that this procedure is now routine. It is no more painful than a preservative treatment!
Nevertheless, it is a surgical operation and putting the intensity of this into perspective will help to improve your experience and minimise any fears you may have about pain. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic to reduce sensitivity in the treated area. Following the operation, pain relief is prescribed.
If you have a phobia of the dentist, other types of support can be provided. In order to manage your anxiety and minimise the fear of pain, we are able to perform the operation under IV sedation.
In addition to the local anaesthetic, this allows you to enter a state of semi-consciousness and well-being.
2- You can’t place more than one dental implant at the same time
In order to avoid numerous surgeries, it is strongly advised to place all your dental implants at the same time.
When the situation allows, we recommend carrying out as many surgeries as possible in a single session. This will reduce your treatment time and lead to faster healing as well as shortening and minimising any possible anxiety.
3- You must remain toothless after the extraction
Due to aesthetic and functional concerns, we will never leave you “toothless”. Although an extraction is synonymous with healing time, placing a temporary prosthesis will be included in your treatment plan. This allows you to continue to live normally until the implants heal, and won’t impact your social or professional life.
It’s important to follow the advice given to you before the operation by the dentist on hygiene and using the prosthesis.
4- A dental implant is noticeably different to your original teeth
The dental implant is fixed to the jaw bone. Therefore it isn’t visible. Only the ceramic dental crown is visible and this therefore appears natural. In order to make your crowns, you can choose between 2 types of materials which make your new teeth look natural: ceramo-metal crown or pure zirconium crown.
From a chewing point of view, there is no difference between a natural tooth and an implant. Therefore, you’re able to eat everything (again).
As with a natural tooth, poor hygiene may have harmful effects on the gums and the jaw bone, damaging your implant. It is therefore essential to have good oral hygiene to increase the implant life span.
5- Getting a dental implant abroad is more risky than in France
Although a fear of the unknown can be daunting, it’s important to consider the facts. Dental tourism is becoming commonplace for a growing number of people who are looking outside France for their dental treatment.
The implants used in El Cedro Clinic are international brands: Gc Aadva, Nobel Biocare, Straumann, Anthogyr and Global D. These are, in the majority of cases, the same brands used in France, Switzerland, Belgium and the entire European Union.
Skill is also important when placing an implant. Our medical team are implant specialists. With more than 5,000 implants fitted, Dr Leticia Rodriguez will be able to provide you with quality care.
With our implant brands, medical team expertise and hygiene advice, you can be assured of the longevity of your dental implants.
If you would like to experience the advanced skill of our dental surgeons for your implants, contact us.