What are dental implants?
Dental implants are currently the most popular treatment for replacing teeth lost due to cavities, trauma, gum disease or other causes, in the simplest and most natural way possible. What's more, implants do not damage neighbouring healthy teeth, nor do they rest against them.
Implants are normally made of type IV medical-grade titanium, although they are also available in zirconium or type V titanium. The ones used at our dental clinic are made in Switzerland by Straumann, a world leader in this field.
In Vélez and Lozano they are already More than 5,000 patients have successfully received implants at Vélez y Lozano Dental Clinic in Murcia.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
The technique for inserting most dental implants is relatively straightforward if a correct diagnosis has been made, which is done using 3D X-rays and planning software. At Vélez y Lozano we have our own CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) machine, a 3D X-ray system similar to the CT scans used in hospitals.
Along with digital printers and planning software, this equipment allows us to plan and simulate the procedure in advance. This means that on the day of the procedure itself, it is as if the doctor were 'repeating' the procedure, thus minimising any potential unforeseen events that may arise during the fitting.
In the most complex cases, the implantologist is guided by a printed surgical guide, a piece designed with 3D technology that indicates the exact spot where the implant should be placed, thus facilitating the intervention and allowing the doctor to focus on the details of the surgery.
At Vélez y Lozano Dental Clinic in Murcia, we use these technological advances on a daily basis to allow us to carry out minimally invasive procedures, with improved results and sensations after the treatment is completed.
What are the benefits?
Losing teeth is something that greatly affects the smile, not only at the aesthetic level (which is important enough as it is). It also influences our day-to-day life through the insecurities that this loss of self-esteem generates, affecting our social and professional relationships.
Fortunately, and thanks to new technology, restoring your smile and your oral health by replacing missing teeth with implants is something that is routinely done nowadays at dental clinics such as Vélez y Lozano.
In aesthetic terms:
- Improved social relationships.
- Increased professional success.
- Positive attitude.
- Increased confidence.
- Increased self-esteem.
In terms of health:
- Prevent bone loss.
- The sensation when chewing is similar to that of a natural tooth.
- Easy maintenance.
- Natural appearance.
- No need to damage other teeth (as with conventional bridges).
WHY CHOOSE VÉLEZ Y LOZANO AS YOUR DENTAL CLINIC FOR AN IMPLANT?
Our centre is considered a 'Day Hospital' by the Autonomous Community, which allows us to treat our patients with cutting-edge technological advances, such as 3D X-rays, conscious sedation, surgical microscopes, and intraoral scanners for the most complex procedures.
All our surgical procedures can be performed under conscious sedation, an induced state similar to light sleep that completely eliminates the discomfort and anxiety so common in these procedures.
What's more, we have a team (LINK) of more than 25 professionals who will make your stay at our clinic as straightforward as possible, always offering the best possible results for your individual case. All of our doctors are specialised in a specific field of dentistry, and we always seek excellence in each of the treatments (LINK) offered at the clinic. treatments we offer at the clinic.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process for putting implants in?
Implants are fitted in 3 simple steps:
- Digital planning of the procedure.
- Placement of the fixture or implant in the area with the missing tooth.
- After 6-8 weeks, the artificial tooth is fitted.
I’m scared of the pain involved in a surgical procedure. What should I do?
At Vélez y Lozano, it currently takes no more than 30 minutes to fit an implant. As an additional service, we are one of the few clinics in Murcia that offers patients the option of light sedation, which eliminates the discomfort and uneasiness of inhaling 'laughing gas', a harmless compound.
What happens if I don't have enough bone to get implants?
The CBCT equipment we have here at Vélez y Lozano allows us to find out exactly how much real bone there is. Only then should we consider the need to increase the bone mass in the area where the implant is to be fitted.
In reality, very few cases require this type of bone augmentation, but there are a multitude of techniques that allow the desired result to be achieved.
What type of implants are used at Velez y Lozano?
At our dental clinic in Murcia, we only use Straumann implants. This brand is highly regarded around the world and backed by a lot of research to guarantee success and quality.
Furthermore, Dr. García Vélez has an impressive CV that includes having fitted implants in more than 5,000 patients.
Do implants hurt?
The minimally invasive techniques that we use at Vélez y Lozano help us to mitigate the discomfort that may arise after having implants put in.
Local anaesthesia is used during the procedure, so the patient will experience sensations quite similar to those they would feel when getting a filling.
Once the anaesthesia has worn off, over-the-counter painkillers are usually sufficient. In fact, some patients do not take anything at all. It depends on the individual.
What is an 'instant implant'?
An instant implant is exactly what it sounds like. Advances in technology and medicine have made it possible to replace a tooth on the same day it is extracted, reducing the number of procedures, waiting times and discomfort for the patient, who will not suffer the consequences of being without a tooth for a single day.
In addition, there are also many techniques that allow you to continue chewing while the implants are healing without anyone noticing the loss of the tooth.
As an implantologist, it is clear to me that one of the biggest concerns for patients considering dental implants is waiting times. They are
The use of 3D is evolving at a dizzying pace, affecting a multitude of sectors and, of course, dentistry is no exception.
Since we started writing this blog in 2012, our aim has always been to disseminate content related to dentistry.
Fernando García Vélez, a dentist in Murcia specialising in implants and surgery, medical director of Vélez y Lozano, has written, with the invaluable help of the hygienist