Dental implant placement is a procedure in which the chances of success have steadily increased as the techniques, materials and knowledge of specialists have evolved, so much so that this type of dental surgery now has a success rate exceeding 97%.
Of course, proper planning of the procedure by the maxillofacial surgeon is also one of the key elements that eliminates the risk of complications. Find out how an implantologist ensures a successful dental implant procedure.
A thorough medical evaluation before placing dental implants
To maximize the chances of a successful dental implant, the patient undergoes a rigorous medical evaluation. Certain health conditions, such as bone diseases or poorly controlled diabetes, can threaten the success of the operation, in particular by slowing down the healing process. It should also be noted that patients who smoke are more likely to develop an infection.
By performing a complete medical check-up of the patient, the maxillofacial surgeon can determine if the patient is a good candidate for an implant without the risk of complications due to a known health problem.
3D imaging: a technology that avoids complications
The maxillofacial region is a very complex part of the human anatomy. It includes bones, muscles and nerves, all gathered in a small space. With the arrival of technologies such as 3D imaging, implantology methods have evolved and are now more predictable than ever.
In effect, a 3D X-ray machine makes it possible to analyze the area to be treated in detail and obtain relevant information, particularly on the jaw bone density and the position of the patient’s nerves and teeth.
With this accurate data on hand, the implantologist can better plan his procedure. With the addition of 3D radiology, the chances of a nerve being accidentally severed during the operation are therefore practically non-existent.
Preoperative grafting to avoid certain implant problems
When an implant is installed, it is essential to ensure that it is completely stable (osseointegrated) inside the jaw bone, in order to adequately support the artificial tooth that will cover it. If the bone mass in the jaw area where the implant is to be placed is insufficient, strength problems can occur and even threaten the dental surgery’s success.
Therefore, when placing a dental implant, the surgeon will first ensure that the patient’s jaw has sufficient bone volume in height, width and depth to ensure the stability of the titanium part that will hold the crown.
In the event that the preoperative patient evaluation reveals insufficient bone mass, the maxillofacial surgeon may perform a dental bone graft. This measure is frequently used to fill the void left by the extraction of a tooth and its root, which will be replaced by the implant. This will prevent gum collapse and provide superior strength.
Implantology at Clinique MFML
In conclusion, it is important to remember that implants have an excellent success rate. They are a permanent solution for replacing a missing tooth and can give you back your smile, your self-confidence and above all, your ability to chew food.
If you or someone close to you is considering a dental implant procedure, do not hesitate to make an appointment with us. One of our implant surgeons will meet with you and review your situation to determine if this is a suitable treatment for you.