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Dr Loïc DAVID
dental surgeon

Cabinet dentaire du Médoc
45 avenue de la Libération
33110 Le Bouscat - Bordeaux

France

00 33 (0)5.57.22.53.81

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Implantology

Finally, a solution to replace lost teeth.

Advances in dentistry allow us today to offer our patients teeth to replace those they have lost – that provide aesthetic appeal and normal chewing.

Dental implants resolve many problems associated with losing teeth, which in the past required inserting a removable prosthesis (denture) or in certain cases cutting healthy teeth to make a bridge. We now, however, have a reliable and proven technique for replacing teeth with fixed permanent prostheses. By being integrated into bone (osteointegration), implants give patients the comfort and reliability of permanent teeth. Many patients who now enjoy the benefits of this technique say that their quality of life and self-confidence have been greatly improved by implants.


Osteointegration

This is the bond between living bone and an implant at microscopic scale. This bond between the implant and the bone produces a reliable and solid base for the replacement tooth.

What is an implant?

It is an artificial root inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a natural tooth. The artificial root is made of Titanium (like hip prostheses, for example). Titanium is perfectly biocompatible and binds biologically and permanently to the surrounding living tissue: the bone and gums.

What is the actual procedure?

An implant is inserted at the dentist's office under local anaesthetic. This requires a special procedure similar to that used in oral surgery. The inserted implant can be fully functional and used 2 to 6 months later, depending on the implant site, as a support for the prosthesis.

Is it painful?

NO

This procedure is performed under fully aseptic conditions. It is done meticulously and precisely. As it is performed under local anaesthetic it is totally painless. Post-operative effects are generally very minor and are controlled by prescription drugs.

Is there an age limit for having an implant?

There is no age limit for having implants. The only limits are the volume and condition of the bone and your state of health. Children can also receive implants once they have stopped growing.

Is the technique reliable?

YES

This technique is based on scientific data with a clinical history going back more than 20 years. The success rate is in the region of 95%.

Are there rejection problems?

An implant is not a graft. It therefore cannot be rejected. However, in certain cases (about 5%), the bone does not heal properly and the implant cannot be held, it becomes loose and slightly sensitive like a natural tooth. If that happens, it is best to remove it under anaesthetic. A new one is inserted in its place a few months later.

What are the operative risks?

An analysis by panoramic radiography of the jaw and potentially a scanner accurately determines the position of anatomical obstacles such as the dental sinus and dental canal. This is also used to select the correct implants to avoid any risk during the surgical procedure.

Complex cases

Sometimes, there is little or insufficient bone volume. In such a case we perform a bone graft at the implant site a few months before inserting the implants.

Follow-up

Strict and meticulous dental hygiene is of course essential to guarantee the success of this procedure. It is essential to clean teeth and gums properly to prevent dental plaque and tartar from forming which are very harmful to the implants. Also, after inserting the functional prosthesis, it is essential to check that it is working properly. This means having an annual checkup.

 

This commitment is essential for the long-term success of the implants.

 

 

Did you know:

Molars, symbolizing protection, are a sign of endurance and perseverance. People with strong molars appear tenacious and resolute in their speech.

 

To lose one’s teeth, is to lose strength, youth, defence: a symbol of frustration, castration, failure. It is a loss of life force, while healthy and well-cared for teeth imply virility and self-confidence.

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