A dental implant is a screw-shaped anchoring structure inserted into the bone that replaces dental roots.
Currently, implants are made of titanium or zirconia, materials with unique characteristics that allow the bone to adhere directly to the surface. This fusion between implant and bone is called osseointegration. Because of this biocompatibility, they do not exhibit rejection phenomena or hypersensitivity reactions (allergies).
Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, up to fully edentulous jaws. Implants can also be used in combination with removable dental prostheses to make them more stable and comfortable and improve patient satisfaction over time.
Advances in technology, techniques and materials make it possible to place an implant in almost any situation and for almost any patient.
The increasingly widespread, although not in all cases recommended practice of immediate implantation shortens the time of therapy.
Each intervention must be performed according to a personalised treatment plan to optimise costs and benefits. Careful planning and implementation by expert hands are also of paramount importance.