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Delusions and myths about implants
Nowadays prosthetics using implants is one of the most convenient and effective ways to restore the lost teeth. Using implants is a great alternative to the main types of removable and nonremovable prosthetic appliances. It makes no difference whether a patient has lost his masticatory teeth, most of his teeth or just one tooth because the best way to solve any of these problems is to use an implant. Another important thing about implants is that they look natural. Implants look exactly like your own teeth and you do not feel them in your mouth.
Of course this method has a lot of contra-indications so it is necessary to undergo a thorough examination of the mouth cavity and treat all diseases (caries and other) before the dentist starts treatment. Nowadays implantation of teeth is one of the most expensive methods to restore lost teeth. It turns out that the most effective method of treatment is the least spread.
Let us consider some myths about this method of treatment.
Myth implantation is a very painful procedure.
The process of implantation is as painful as treatment of caries. Modern anaesthesia can eliminate pain. If a patient has no contra-indications and wants to feel no pain at all the process of implantation can be controlled by a team of professional anaesthesiologists. In most cases no pain relievers are used. Actually the jawbone has no nerve receptors so there can be no pain there. One may feel some slight discomfort after the procedure but they will be concentrated in the place of the stitches. Soon unpleasant feelings will be gone and you will feel comfortable.
Myth 2 implants are often rejected by the organism.
No. This statement is absolutely unsubstantiated. Implants are made of a special type of titanium containing no chemical elements. The immune system of a person does not react to bioinert materials like purified titanium and cannot reject constructions made of such materials. Implantologists all over the world claim that implants are rejected only in 2 cases out of 100.
Myth 3 using implants has a lot of contra-indications.
There are nostrict contra-indications for using dental implants. Temporary contra-indications include pregnancy. People who have systemic diseases influencing the inner organs or bad habits should be careful if they want to use implants. The first case includes diseases like hypertension and pancreatic diabetes. Bad habits include smoking and alcoholism. All these factors do not mean that such patients cannot get implants. If a patient is ready to follow all doctors advice in the postoperative period even a severe form of pancreatic diabetes cannot prevent the procedure.
Myth 4 the process of implantation is a long one.
It takes no more than 40 minutes to install 1 implant. In most cases replantation will take 3 more months. Then the dentist will make a constant crown for the implant. The period of 3 months is a classical time period needed for replantation. Some new technologies and methods allow making a crown the next day after the procedure. It generally depends on how deep the implant has been installed in the jawbone. The deeper the implant has been installed the earlier one can start the final stage of prosthetics.
Installation of implantation can be postponed in one case if a tooth was lost long ago and the jawbone is atrophied (cases of anatomic peculiarities of the patients facial bone structure are possible). In this case bone grafting (growing of the needed amount of bone tissue) may be needed. Only this situation can influence the time needed for prosthetics.
Patients will have to wear ugly constructions in the mouth or without teeth at all during the process of replantation. It is easy to solve all aesthetic problems by using removable or nonremovable temporary prosthetic appliances to close the gap in the denture. The patient will be able to lead a normal life. Temporary prosthetic appliances can be made of plastic or ceramic-metal.