Prosthodontics and Implants
Prosthodontics and Implants
The specialty of Dental Prosthesis is the essence of dentistry, comparable to what internal medicine is to medicine.
At Clinica Vilaboa, we believe there is no "best technique"; each patient requires an individual approach and detailed analysis to help us recommend the most appropriate treatment for each individual.
Dr. Debora Vilaboa heads the department of prosthodontics. This broad field ranges from prosthetics on natural teeth, such as crowns and bridges, all the way to implant prosthetics. In order to achieve a long lasting and satisfactory prosthesis, there are two aspects to consider: function and aesthetics. The success of a prosthesis is based on a comprehensive review of the clinical situation and the patient's wishes, the proper application of the most possibly conservative techniques, knowledge of materials, and a proper maintenance plan.
The main objective of a prosthesis is to achieve a healthy, beautiful and balanced smile. Aesthetics and prosthetics walk together to improve the quality of life of our patients through their mouth. We have incorporated new technologies for digital smile analysis and digital prosthetics conception (Digital Smile Design), materials such as zirconia or zirconium oxide, or even concepts such as immediate implant loading. These approaches have the goal to increase the satisfaction of our patients, but especially to enable them to carry out a fuller life.
When we lose a tooth, our ability to chew, phonation and aesthetics of the smile are affected.
An implant consists of an artificial tooth root made of titanium, which has been proven as the most compatible material for the human body. Different types of prosthesis can be created supported by one or more implants, from a crown or "single tooth" to a full arch or "all teeth." Opposed to alternatives such as traditional, removable complete dentures, it has been shown that implant prosthodontics immeasurably improve the quality of life of patients.
Osseointegrated dental implants have existed for more than 50 years. In recent years, this technique has contemplated an exponential development.
Dr. Jose Manuel Reuss, specialist in implantology from the University of California at Los Angeles, leads the Implant Dentistry Department at Clinica Vilaboa.
Individualizing each case and deciding on a specific treatment to each patient's benefits, the implants can be even placed following the concept of Computer Guided Surgery to find out the most favorable implant surgery and placement without the need for an invasive surgical approach.
Implantology team Vilaboa Clinic study your case advising the most appropriate approach for you.
Currently, it is possible to place immediate implants in many cases; that is, immediately after extraction of a tooth or multiple teeth, allowing for a considerably shorter healing process, and for a reduction in the number of surgeries, increasing patient comfort.
Additionally, it is oftentimes possible to immediately deliver a temporary prosthesis at the same day of implant placement. This can be done with a natural, functional and esthetic prosthesis screwed onto the implants, as opposed to the traditional protocol of having to wait for months with a removable denture.
The cases where an implant rehabilitation is not possible are almost negligible. Nowadays, a limited amount of bone is hardly an issue for implant placement. Predictable bone regeneration techniques such as Guided Bone Regeneration for patients with a compromised bony anatomy can benefit from a fixed teeth restored on implants. Bone regeneration does not imply using the patient's own bone - the same results can be achieved using bone substitutes which offer high safety and predictability, and a much better comfort for the patient.