DENTAL IMPLANTS IN LAS PALMAS
THE IMPLANT PIONEER IN THE CANARY ISLANDS
Dr. José Manuel Navarro, medical director of the Brånemark Las Palmas Center, began his implantology career in 1981 under the guidance of Dr. Willy Schulte at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Later he was certified in osseointegrated implantology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, by his mentor, Professor P.I. Brånemark, the father of modern dental implantology.
In 1987, Dr. Navarro placed, and later published, the first unitary implant in Spain (Archives of Odonto-Stomatology. Vol. 4, Nº9-1988) to replace a single tooth.
Dental implants are artificial roots that are placed in the patient’s bone when the patient has lost one or more teeth in order to restore function, chewing, phonetics and aesthetics.
Due to its importance, Implantology is the area of dentistry in which the most progress has been made in the last 40 years, thanks to the work of our mentor, Professor P.I. Brånemark, who is widely acknowledged as the father of modern implantology. Osseointegration is the most important discovery in Dentistry since anesthesia, at the hands of renowned dentist Horace Wells in Boston in 1846.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
The implant is made up of three different parts: the body, the abutment and the crown. The crown is the part that mimics the appearance of the natural tooth; the body is the root that is anchored to the bone and undergoes the osseointegration process; the abutment is the link between both elements.
A dental implant is an artificial root that, placed in the jawbone, that permanently supports ceramic crowns or bridges that perform the functional and aesthetic role of natural teeth.
First center in Spain to place single implants
Although we call this set of three parts an implant, what is actually implanted is not the complete device, but the body or screw, which is generally made of titanium. Thanks to their ease of assimilation by the human body, dental implants allow patients to regain their chewing function, as well as to speak and smile naturally.
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OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
At Brånemark Las Palmas we carry out an examination and a complete radiological study to assess the quantity and quality of the bone and determine if the patient is suitable for implant placement.
In the event that implants are the most suitable option, you will be informed about the treatment to be carried out and all the relevant planning involved. By doing this we ensure that you have all the information. At Branemark, we design each individual treatment with the patient’s specific needs in mind.
The surgical phase is performed on under local anesthesia. Likewise, if the patient feels anxiety or fear about the treatment, our dental clinic offers the option of performing the intervention under conscious sedation.
Osseointegration is the process by which the artificial root is anchored to the bone. This phase allows the dental implant to be safely integrated into the jawbone.
Once the implant is firmly seated, we proceed to place the final crown.
ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS
How to care for dental implants?
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. In order to avoid diseases such as peri-implantitis (inflammation of the surrounding area), we recommend using interproximal brushes and dental floss, as well as making regular visits to the dentist to check their condition and stability. In short: if you follow a thorough oral hygiene routine, your implants should last for many years.
It is also important that the implant is placed by a qualified surgeon to ensure its effectiveness and safety. At Brånemark we have been specializing in the placement of dental implants since 1981.
Is the process of placing a dental implant painful?
Any treatment involves a period of adaptation, but generally, the placement of dental implants is not painful. However, in our clinic we offer patients that are more prone to pain or which have a certain fear of going to the dentist, the option of receiving local anesthesia and conscious sedation so that they feel relaxed throughout the intervention.
How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?
Although there is a common belief that only older people need dental implants, this notion is incorrect. Anyone with a fully developed jaw can receive this treatment. In any case, you should always consult your dentist if you want to get a dental implant and have any questions about its viability.
Sometimes the patient does not have enough bone to be able to place a dental implant and for it to integrate properly. In these cases, a guided bone regeneration intervention is performed prior to placing the implant. By doing this, we stimulate the necessary formation of bone tissues necessary to provide implant stability.
What are the advantages of a dental implant?
- They allow the patient to restore the chewing and aesthetic function of the mouth after a tooth has been lost.
- Implants are fitted firmly so that the patient does not feel any discomfort while eating, speaking, drinking or in their day-to-day life in general.
- They integrate naturally in the mouth along with natural teeth, making it unnoticeable that the patient has had an implant placed.
- Although the entire process takes longer, the implant and temporary prosthesis can be placed in a single visit.
- If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- In many cases, dental implants allow the patient to regain their smile and their confidence.