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Cygomatic implants: What are they and what are their advantages?

The world of implant dentistry encompasses numerous treatments and not all of them are suitable for all patients. Each case is unique and requires a personalized and in-depth study to achieve a perfect denture. Surely you have heard about zygomatic implants as an option to rehabilitate the smile, but do you know everything they can do and if they are right for you? Today from Medident we give you all the details about this method.

What are zygomatic implants?

Zygomatic or zygomatic implants are titanium fixations that allow restoring dental pieces in patients with bone problems in the upper jaw and that until the arrival of these implants it was impossible to treat them with conventional treatments.

They are much longer than traditional implants (35 – 50 mm) and can be combined with them. They are placed in the lower part of the malar bone or cheekbone, specifically in the bone that gives them their name, the zygomatic bone. Generally two zygomatic implants are used and are combined with two or four other traditional implants or implants of the same type.

Which cases require rehabilitation with zygomatic implants?

This technique is not always recommended in implantology since it is specially designed to treat rehabilitation in the following cases:

Patients with little bone

People who have lost a sufficient amount of bone to make bone regeneration impossible for the placement of conventional implants are the most frequent case for zygomatic dental implants.

In these cases, bone loss occurs when the patient has been without teeth for a long time and the bone has not received the necessary stimulation to regenerate, which is known as bone resorption. This involves the gradual loss of the bone surrounding the teeth and can generally occur due to age, periodontal disease or the continued use of dentures, among others.

Patients who need bone graft surgery

This technique is also indicated for patients who want to avoid bone graft surgery, since bone loss or periodontal disease does not affect the placement of zygomatic implants.

Patients who need an intervention to correct malformations or defects of the upper jaw

Dental implants in the zygomatic bone are indicated for patients with severe atrophy of the upper jaw or who need to correct a malformation where conventional implants cannot be placed because of jawbone dysfunction. The zygomatic bone is very resistant and guarantees a firm hold of the implants, guaranteeing a permanent and effective solution.

They need teeth immediately

This implant method is a very efficient alternative to achieve a posterior maxillary fixation and the patient can be rehabilitated almost immediately. Only one surgical intervention is needed, unlike other techniques that require two or more interventions.

Main advantages of zygomatic implants

Zygomatic implants have certain advantages over other techniques, the most notable of which are the speed and excellent results obtained after placement:

Speed in the procedure

The patient can enjoy a complete and fixed prosthesis in just 24 hours, returning to their daily life immediately.

No need for hospitalization

The operation for the placement of a zygomatic implant does not involve more than a few hours in the dental clinic, so no hospitalization or sick leave is needed for recovery. In a few hours, the patient can lead a normal life.

Mild postoperative period

After the intervention, the patient will only feel slight discomfort and a slight swelling that will not last more than 3 days.

Immediacy

A single surgical intervention achieves a result that would usually be achieved after the implantation of several pieces. In this way you can enjoy a perfect new set of teeth from the very first moment.

Its high success rate

It is the option that achieves the highest success rate in complex and severely atrophic cases (and sometimes the only one possible).

Its durability

The insertion of these dental implants is performed, as we have seen, on the zygomatic bones. These are never resorbed, so the results are permanent even in cases with very severe maxillary bone atrophy.

Potential problems and disadvantages of using Zygomatic Implants

Like any treatment, there are certain drawbacks or possible complications in its application:

Their durability

The insertion of these dental implants is performed, as we have seen, on the zygomatic bones. These are never resorbed, so the results are permanent even in cases with very severe maxillary bone atrophy.

Potential problems and disadvantages of using Zygomatic Implants

Like any treatment, there are certain drawbacks or possible complications in its application:

Invasive and complex surgical procedure

Zygomatic implants require a complex procedure that includes a clinical diagnosis with scanner, a very strict surgical protocol, an invasive operation and a correct rehabilitation after the intervention.

In this regard, the placement of the implants requires a very meticulous technique, as it is based on the placement of long implants in the malar bone without bone grafts and emerging at the premolar level in the palate.

Some difficulty in speech may occur after the immediate placement of the prosthesis

The new prosthesis may be uncomfortable for the first few days after surgery. However, as the days go by this sensation will disappear and the patient will get used to his or her denture, recovering normal speech and chewing.

It is not suitable for all types of patients

Zygomatic implant dentistry is not recommended in all cases. For patients who do have maxillary bone, for example, traditional dental implant techniques are used. It is arguably a technique resorted to in the most severe cases of bone loss or where a dental implant is no longer an option.

Surgical technique summary for the placement of zygomatic implants

Diagnosis of the problem: The first phase is that of diagnosis and treatment for the patient before the intervention. At this point a specific and personalized clinical study is performed through photographs, X-rays, scans and analysis of the entire procedure to be followed.
2. Surgery: Zygomatic implants are inserted surgically and, therefore, anesthesia is required to put the patient to sleep and make him/her feel comfortable. Two to four zygomatic implants are placed (depending on each case). Afterwards, the provisional prosthesis is inserted so that, from the same day, the patient can have a completely normal day to day life.
3. Rehabilitation: After the period necessary for healing and in which possible complications or discomfort of the provisional prosthesis are reviewed, it is replaced by the definitive and fixed prosthesis.

How is the postoperative period after the placement of zygomatic implants?

The postoperative period is much milder for the patient, since the discomfort felt after the operation will be minimal. The most frequent is a slight inflammation that disappears in the first days and discomfort due to the new dental prosthesis in the mouth. The same day you can live a completely normal life with fully functional teeth.

Summary

If you are among the cases for which the insertion of zygomatic dental implants is recommended and you want to know more about this treatment and what it can do for you, contact us for a diagnostic appointment. At Medident we specialize in dental implantology, always using the most advanced techniques in the dental sector to ensure excellent and lasting results.

Cygomatic implants: What are they and what are their advantages?2022-12-05T11:16:48+02:00

Differences between porcelain and composite veneers

Aesthetic dental treatments are becoming more and more common due to their excellent results. Many patients often ask us about dental veneers and the differences between them and the material used. In this article we tell you all the details about porcelain veneers and composite veneers and what factors are likely to make you choose one or the other.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are very thin shells that are bonded to the surface of the vestibular side of the teeth, i.e. the part of the tooth that is visible in a smile.

Benefits of wearing dental veneers

The implantation of veneers has numerous advantages for the patient on a physical, emotional and health level:

Corrects multiple dental aesthetic defects.

This aesthetic treatment is mainly indicated for 6 dental problems:

  • Colour: they make it possible to correct the colour of teeth when they have been exposed to the effects of medication, coffee, tea, curry, tobacco, etc., or simply as a permanent whitening option.
  • Alterations in size: veneers can achieve a more uniform result in terms of tooth size.
  • Alterations in shape: they correct teeth whose shape does not correspond to the patient’s physiognomy and achieve a much more aesthetic result.
  • Diastemas: with dental veneers, spaces or gaps between teeth can be reduced, so that all teeth are completely proportionate.
  • Slight malpositions: this treatment can conceal slight malpositions when the patient does not want to undergo orthodontics.
  • Fractures or wear: a dental veneer can hide and alleviate the wear or fracture of a tooth.

Minimally invasive technique

Thanks to advances in manufacturing and materials, dental veneers nowadays do not need to touch the tooth in 90% of cases. Often only minimal contouring is needed and no anaesthesia is required, making it a very minimally invasive technique.

Highly natural aesthetic result

Constant advances in dentistry mean that materials such as porcelain and resins achieve a natural effect and a realistic shade suited to the characteristics of the patient.

Get a whiter smile

One of the main advantages of veneers is that they correct the colour and allow you to choose the perfect shade for the patient, achieving perfect teeth and a whiter smile.

Improved self-esteem

Having healthy and beautiful teeth is much more than a purely aesthetic result. Smiling again without hiding and without being ashamed is a fundamental step towards strengthening your self-esteem and self-confidence on a daily basis.

Highly durable

Depending on the material chosen, a dental veneer treatment can last from 3 to 20 years, as long as the correct maintenance and hygiene guidelines are followed.

What are porcelain and composite veneers like?

There are two types of dental veneers:

Porcelain veneer.

These veneers consist of a very thin layer of porcelain or ceramic. There are 4 types of veneers within this material: ultra-thin veneers; zicorn veneers; feldspathic veneers and lithium disilicate veneers.

Composite veneers

These veneers are a resin composite that is injected onto the visible part of the patient’s tooth and moulded to the desired shape.

Primary differences between porcelain and composite veneers

The differences between an aesthetic porcelain veneer and a composite veneer lie primarily in the material, and other factors, such as the manufacturing process and durability, also depend on the material:

Fabrication process

Because of the material, porcelain veneers have a slower and more expensive manufacturing process. They are made in a dental laboratory and by a dental technician. Resin or composite veneers, on the other hand, are fabricated directly on the tooth in the clinic and are therefore immediate.

How they are placed

The first step, without distinguishing between treatments, is to carry out a study with a subsequent fully personalised diagnosis of the patient’s needs, after which the whole process is carried out.

On the one hand, composite dental veneers are placed directly on the patient’s teeth. It is created layer by layer and sculpted to the desired shape.

On the other hand, porcelain dental veneers require prior preparation of the tooth by polishing to help the veneers adhere. As we have already seen, these veneers are prepared in a prosthetic laboratory.

The duration

A porcelain veneer treatment lasts approximately 15 to 20 years with proper maintenance. Treatment with composite veneers, on the other hand, lasts between 3 and 5 years.

This is mainly due to the porosity of the material. Ceramic or porcelain is not porous, so it maintains its original colour permanently and it is more difficult for them to be affected by fracture, unlike resins or composite, which is porous.

Are they permanent or can they be reversed?

Composite veneers are reversible and can be removed without altering the tooth. However, porcelain veneers are irreversible and are a definitive treatment.

Which veneer is more aesthetic and better looking?

Amazing and extraordinary results can be achieved with either option, although porcelain veneers achieve a more natural and long-lasting result in the long term.

Price Differences

The cost of a porcelain veneer treatment is higher than a composite veneer treatment due to the characteristics of the material and its manufacturing and placement process. However, the final price will depend on factors that must be analysed with a personalised diagnosis.

When to choose between porcelain and composite veneers?

The choice between one type of aesthetic veneer or another depends on several factors and should be guided and advised by the expert dentist:

  • The occlusion of the mouth: the choice of veneer material depends on the good relationship of the arches and the available and adequate space in the patient’s mouth.
  • The patient’s habits: the consumption of coffee, tea or tobacco and the habit of biting one’s nails also have an impact on the decision between composite and ceramic.
  • The patient’s age: Although there is no contraindicated age for a porcelain or composite veneer treatment, this does influence the final decision on the material, as ceramic or porcelain veneers are practically irreversible, so they are applied in an older age range.

Summary

In short, dental veneers can be an excellent choice if you are looking for an effective and fast result in complete harmony with your face. Are you interested in having an aesthetic-dental treatment? Contact us for a functional and aesthetic study of your case, we will advise you personally and professionally on the best procedure for you and your smile. At Medident Dental Clinic we have an expert team trained in the most advanced technology and techniques in the sector.

Differences between porcelain and composite veneers2022-10-28T13:42:28+02:00

How to clean your Invisalign braces

The maintenance of dental treatments is essential to guarantee a satisfactory result. Although the first part of the process of a dental treatment depends on the professional who implants it, the vast majority falls on the patient and their responsibility with care and hygiene. One of the treatments that requires the most commitment is the use of Invisalign splints in invisible orthodontics, today at Medident we give you some simple and useful tips on how to clean dental splints.

Why is it important to clean invisible braces properly?

Cleaning your Invisalign appliance helps keep your teeth and mouth healthy throughout your treatment. This is because the braces are in direct contact with your mouth and are prone to bacteria build-up that can lead to dental plaque or gum infections.

Tips for proper maintenance and cleaning of your Invisalign splints

Invisalign treatment, although it is an orthodontic treatment, has a completely different mechanism to traditional braces. This type of invisible orthodontics is based on transparent aligners that the patient can easily take off and put on during the day, which allows for very simple maintenance.

Clean the splints outside the mouth at all times

Splints can be removed for eating and drinking, but they should always be kept clean and disinfected, even if they have not been in direct contact with food. Because they are removable, they should be brushed and rinsed out of the mouth to reach all cavities for thorough and thorough cleaning.

Use warm or cold water to rinse your invisible braces

To avoid damaging the plastic material from which the splints are made, never wash them with very hot water and never put them in a dishwasher or similar. They should only be rinsed in lukewarm or cold water.

For thorough daily cleaning, soak the splints in a solution specifically for prostheses

There are splint cleaning tablets available in pharmacies, supermarkets, some dental clinics and specialty shops. These solutions are usually effervescent tablets or powders. Simply soak the splint in a glass of water with the recommended dose of denture solution a couple of times a week. They will remove any organic particles from the splint and prevent odours in the long term.

Avoid leaving your splints out in the open when not in use

Exposing dental splints to the outdoors can cause them to accumulate dust or other debris, as well as unprotect them from accidental falls.

Use a dedicated brush to clean splints

Do not use the same brush that you use to clean your teeth to clean your Invisalign splint, as the bacteria accumulated in the mouth are much more abundant than those that accumulate in the splint and these can remain on the brush and be transferred to the transparent dental appliance. Ideally, a single brush should be used as a splint cleaner.

Use PH-neutral soap to clean your invisalign

Although the material used to make Invisalign sleeves is strong, it is best to avoid soaps with ingredients that may alter the material and have a fragrance, as they may leave a bad taste in your mouth when you put the appliance back on. Use a neutral Ph soap to disinfect the dental caps.

When not in use, store your clean invisalign splints in a suitable airtight container

As mentioned above, leaving the cover out in the open when you are not using it can accumulate dirt and run the risk of falling off. Remember to always store your clear braces in the Invisalign case.

Things to avoid if you want to keep your invisalign braces in perfect condition

In addition to this guide on how to wash a dental splint, following these tips will help keep your sleeves in perfect condition and ensure the results you expect.

Do not use toothbrushes with very hard bristles for your invisible braces.

Using a toothbrush with hard bristles can scratch the brace and affect the quality of the appliance and its invisibility when you wear it. Choose a medium or soft brush exclusively for cleaning the brace.

Do not soak splints in mouthwash or mouthwash.

These types of products can affect the transparency of Invisalign splints and make them opaque and even stain them with a slight yellowish tint.

Avoid doing this with the braces on:

For the treatment to achieve the smile planned by you and the orthodontist, the invisible splints must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day. During this period, avoid all of these actions so as not to damage your clear cover:

Smoking

Smoking is the great enemy of health in general terms and its effects are particularly visible on teeth. Tobacco smoke considerably alters the colour of teeth and objects (both your teeth and the splint can become yellowish or greyish in colour), not to mention the bad smells.

Eating

Some foods can stain the splint material and cause it to lose its main characteristic, to go unnoticed. On the other hand, chewing can cause scratches or fractures in the material as well as accumulate organic debris between the various holes in the appliance.

Chewing gum

Chewing gum can get stuck in the nooks and crannies of the transparent sleeve and make it difficult to clean later. Be sure not to wear it when chewing gum.

Drinking alcohol or soft drinks

Soft drinks are carbonated beverages that cause severe damage to the Invisalign splint and also to your teeth. On the other hand, alcoholic beverages have acids that can affect the material and erode the denture. With the brace on, you should only drink plain or cold water.

Other frequently asked questions:

How many times a day should I wash my Invisalign?

Before putting on the clear cover, always brush your teeth first. It is advisable to clean the clear dental appliance every time you take it off and store it in its case, a minimum of 2 times a day.

How to remove the bad smell of Invisalign?

The ideal is to be consistent in the cleaning guidelines mentioned above. Soap with a neutral pH and warm water as a daily routine, in addition to the specific solution for prostheses, will keep your Invisalign splints in perfect condition.

How to remove tobacco stains in Invisalign?

In these cases, hydrogen peroxide or hydrogen peroxide can remove the yellowish stains and restore the transparency of your dental splint.

Summary

Do you need more information about orthodontic treatment with Invisalign splints or do you have questions about any other dental treatment? Contact us and we will advise you without obligation. At Medident Dental Clinic we specialise in dentistry with the latest technology and the most advanced techniques in the sector.

How to clean your Invisalign braces2022-10-04T12:24:42+02:00

Dental cleaning during pregnancy: Can I have my teeth cleaned while pregnant?

Pregnancy brings with it many hormonal changes that can alter oral health in particular and physical health in general. As a result, a pregnant woman, especially if she is a first-time mother, has many questions about what she can and cannot do while she is pregnant. In this article we answer several questions about how to take care of your teeth during pregnancy and whether it is advisable to have your teeth cleaned.

Gingivitis: A common condition during pregnancy

Gestational gingivitis is very common in pregnant women, mainly due to the hormonal changes that occur during this period. Increased blood flow, vomiting and nausea can also play a role. All this affects the soft tissues of the mouth and increases the deposit of bacteria, leading to gingivitis and, in some cases, tooth decay.

Most common symptoms of gingivitis

Almost 70% of pregnant women suffer from this pathology and it frequently appears from the second trimester onwards. It is important to pay attention to the symptoms of gingivitis in order to diagnose and treat this condition in time, as its complication can lead to a more serious disease, periodontitis.

Gum inflammation

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, which can be caused by the accumulation of tartar as a consequence of poor hygiene over a long period of time, the hormonal alterations of pregnancy or the use of irritating products.

Dark red or purplish gums

Swollen gums in pregnancy may be accompanied by a dark red or purplish colour. These symptoms may be caused by injury or aggression after heavy brushing or by an intolerance to dental products used for daily hygiene.

Gums bleed easily after brushing

Gums can bleed after brushing, but they can also bleed during chewing and even spontaneously. Bleeding gums can also be accompanied by tooth sensitivity in pregnancy.

Bad breath

Bacterial build-up in gum deposits can cause halitosis. If proper oral hygiene has not been maintained and plaque production increases during pregnancy, daily brushing may not be enough and professional teeth cleaning may be required.

Retracted gums

Gum recession is a progressive process in which the soft tissue that supports and protects the tooth is lost. It should be noted that the gum is not capable of recovering on its own, so it is advisable to visit a dental clinic as soon as possible to begin treatment if this symptom is detected.

Why is it advisable to have your teeth cleaned during pregnancy?

When you are pregnant, the most important thing is your health and that of your future child. In this sense, it is essential to increase dental care during pregnancy, as failure to do so can put your baby’s health at risk.

In addition to maintaining correct and constant oral hygiene (3 brushings a day for a minimum of 2 minutes), it is advisable to visit a dental clinic for a professional check-up and a dental cleaning. The ideal time to have your teeth cleaned is during the second trimester of pregnancy, when the baby’s main organs are already formed and there is even less risk.

Recommendations for taking care of your dental health during pregnancy

During pregnancy, oral hygiene measures should be taken to the utmost. At home and on a daily basis, you can apply these simple tips to keep your mouth healthy:

Inform your dentist of your pregnancy

It is essential to inform your dentist of your condition. Keep in mind that he or she will be able to advise you on which habits to follow and which to avoid during pregnancy. In addition, he or she will avoid applying treatments that could put the health of the foetus at risk.

Have a check-up every 3 months

You have already read that pregnancy causes numerous internal and external changes in a pregnant woman’s body. For this reason, and to ensure proper oral health, it is a good idea to have a check-up every three months. In this way, your dentist will be able to anticipate possible sequelae or conditions that may alter your condition and that of your baby.

Eat a balanced diet as much as possible

Diet is the basis of a healthy state at all levels. Although it may be difficult to maintain a balanced nutrition due to cravings, it is advisable to eat natural and fresh food, far from ultra-processed and so-called ”junk food”. This will avoid the risk of bacterial plaque.

Drink plenty of water

By drinking water, your mouth and tongue stay clean, more saliva is secreted, preventing dry mouth and maintaining a neutral pH, preventing acidity in the mouth, which can lead to tooth decay.

Limit foods with sugar to avoid possible caries problems

As well as maintaining a balanced diet, it is worth remembering that sugary products can considerably worsen the health of your mouth, leading to tooth decay.

Don’t forget to brush your teeth after every meal

Oral hygiene in pregnant women should be based on daily brushing after every meal (including snacking between meals), which is essential to prevent the build-up of bacterial plaque. It is advisable to accompany tooth brushing with the use of dental floss and mouthwash.

Use a toothbrush with fine filaments

To reduce aggression to the gums when brushing, it is essential to use a toothbrush with fine or soft filaments and to use gentle movements without damaging the gums.

Change toothbrushes every three months

A toothbrush that is used daily at least three times a day will not last more than three months in its functional and hygienic state. Change your toothbrush at the slightest sign of wear, as you may not be removing plaque effectively.

Other frequently asked questions from our pregnant patients

I have a chipped tooth, can it wait?

We have already proven that it is safe to go to the dentist during pregnancy. Ideally, if you have a chipped tooth or cavity, you should go for a check-up so that your dentist can assess treatment after diagnosis.

Are X-rays contraindicated?

X-rays should be avoided during pregnancy. They are only performed as an exception in emergencies. It is therefore important that health care professionals are aware of the pregnancy before any test is performed.

Can I have my teeth whitened during pregnancy?

The risk of having teeth whitening during pregnancy is not proven, however, the use of hydrogen peroxide (a product used to whiten teeth) is contraindicated in these cases.

If I have to have a local anaesthetic, how does it affect me during pregnancy?

The product used to anaesthetise the area, usually lidocaine, does not affect either the mother or the foetus.

Summary

If you are pregnant and want to know more information about which dental treatments are suitable or contraindicated during pregnancy, contact us, we will advise you without obligation. At Medident Dental Clinic we have a team of professionals for whom you and your baby come first.

Dental cleaning during pregnancy: Can I have my teeth cleaned while pregnant?2022-08-29T13:54:17+02:00

Why is home teeth whitening not recommended?

In the search for the perfect white smile, it is common to find tips and home remedies for teeth whitening with affordable products that can be found in a supermarket or that we always have in the pantry, but are there risks when performing teeth whitening with these methods? In this article we tell you about the dangers that these treatments can cause to your oral health.

Home teeth whitening: what methods are there?

Just one click on the Internet and typing in the search engine ”how to whiten teeth at home” will bring up a multitude of results with easy and accessible recommendations for everyone. The best known are:

The activated charcoal.

It consists of applying a black toothpaste with activated charcoal and with the same frequency as a usual toothpaste to achieve teeth whitening in a few days. It has become fashionable in recent years, especially among the most influential personalities of social networks that, let’s remember, are paid to promote these products without any scientific basis.

Baking soda

Using baking soda to whiten teeth at home is a classic. It is advised for its composition and texture, which works as an exfoliant of dental dirt, promising whiter shades after use. The truth is that it can cause serious damage if used frequently and its results are not proven.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice as a dental rinse to achieve the desired whiteness is recommended as a harmless and very economical remedy, however, the acidity of lemon plays an abrasive rather than whitening role for teeth.

Oxygenated water

Who does not have hydrogen peroxide at home? This method for whitening teeth at home is also among the most known among the home tips on the internet. Brushing your teeth with hydrogen peroxide is really not recommended.

Possible negative consequences of home teeth whitening

The most famous home remedies that we have seen before, such as activated charcoal, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide or baking soda, are far from being healthy for the teeth and the only advantage they have is their accessibility. Among the consequences of having a treatment with these false whiteners we can find:

Tooth enamel abrasion.

In general, the aforementioned products have an aggressive composition for tooth enamel and their uncontrolled use can cause serious long-term damage . It is important to know that tooth enamel is the only tissue that does not reproduce, so its wear can be irreparable.

Burns on gums and mucous membranes

When performing a whitening treatment in a specialized dental clinic, protectors are placed on the gums to prevent burns to the soft parts of the mouth . Most often these protectors are not available at home and we can cause burns to the gums and mucous membranes by using these products of dubious safety.

Intoxication

To perform all these home treatments, it is inevitable to put the ingredients in the mouth and run the risk of accidentally ingesting them. Especially in the case of hydrogen peroxide, you can reach an intoxication in the body, causing gastrointestinal irritation .

Long-term yellowing of the teeth

By applying acid products on the teeth we get an opaque and apparently whiter surface. What really happens is that we have removed the layer of shine from the tooth and made it more porous, making it more susceptible to accumulate pigmentation from the foods we consume every day and which can lead to much yellower teeth in the long term.

Tooth decay

If these home remedies are applied regularly and indiscriminately for teeth whitening, it can damage the dental tissue and cause premature aging due to wear and tear.

Increased tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity may appear after application of the products seen above. This is because acids have penetrated the enamel and dentin, reaching the nerve, resulting in pain and discomfort .

Darker teeth in the long term.

Damage to the enamel caused by practicing home whitening remedies can affect the color of the teeth, as the thinner the enamel layer, the more the dentin color shows through, resulting in a darker, unaesthetic appearance .

Some myths about non-professional treatments for teeth whitening

Are there really home recipes that can whiten teeth?

First of all, the substance used to whiten teeth is hydrogen peroxide, and in Europe it is forbidden to sell products with a composition of more than 0.1% because of the risk to health. This being so, it is difficult for us to achieve a recipe that achieves the results obtained in dental clinics, which can use products with a higher percentage.

And the products sold on the Internet, do they work, are they safe?

There are teeth whitening treatments that can be performed at home, but these must be endorsed by professional dentists who guide the process and explain all the guidelines to ensure an optimal and safe result for the patient.

There are toothpastes that promise to whiten your teeth. Is it true?

Currently there are whitening toothpastes that can manage to keep teeth whiter in the long term, but, because of their concentration in hydrogen peroxide, the results are much less noticeable than those that can be achieved with a dental whitening in a dental clinic .

Do you want to have whiter teeth? Then turn to the supervision of your dentist.

Dental whitening in a dental clinic is a safe method.

Dental clinics use products that comply with health regulations and protect the patient’s health above the result. In the case of teeth whitening, dentists place protectors on the gums and lips before applying the whitening gel.

A professional dentist is necessary to guide the treatment.

When we talk about health, and oral health is paramount, we should always go to a health professional to advise and study each case. Not all teeth are the same and not all cases need the same treatment. Going to a dentist for teeth whitening is essential if we want to avoid risks.

Benefits of having your teeth professionally whitened at a dental clinic.

Good for your oral health.

Going to a dental clinic to have a teeth whitening treatment is the best option if you want to achieve a white smile without harming the health of your teeth or damaging the enamel.

It is painless

Professional teeth whitening is completely painless, very fast and very simple.

It gets rid of teeth stains

Professional teeth whitening gets rid of tooth stains externally and internally.

Get a more aesthetic smile

A white smile is synonymous with health. With this treatment you get to bring brightness to the face and a better personal image.

An ally to rejuvenate your face

A teeth whitening treatment rejuvenates the face and achieves a much more aesthetic effect. By association, yellow and worn teeth age the features of the face, while a white smile manages to convey youth.

Good for your self-confidence.

Teeth are a very important part of the overall face. Having healthy white teeth improves self-esteem and self-confidence when it comes to exposing yourself to others.

Some cases in which teeth whitening is not recommended.

Although it is a treatment that provides solutions to many patients, there are some cases in which teeth whitening is not advisable:

In children under 13 years of age.

For this treatment all permanent teeth must be present (baby teeth must have fallen out).

In pregnant and breastfeeding women.

For prevention, and although the risk has not been scientifically determined, the use of hydrogen peroxide is discouraged in pregnant or nursing women.

If you suffer from dental hypersensitivity.

Dental hypersensitivity may be aggravated if you undergo tooth whitening.

If you have teeth with deep fissures.

To perform this treatment, fissures in the teeth or broken teeth must be treated first.

Other frequently asked questions

How long does the effect of teeth whitening last?

If optimal dental hygiene habits are followed, teeth whitening can last approximately 2 years.

Does whitening replace dental hygiene?

No, after whitening it is essential to continue with dental hygiene habits, especially if you want to maintain the results in the long term.

Can I have teeth whitening if I have tooth sensitivity?

Tooth whitening is inadvisable in these cases, as discomfort may be pronounced after treatment.

Summary

As we have seen, far from achieving whiter teeth, what we can achieve by using homemade products, is to make the teeth more vulnerable to the pigments found in the foods we eat every day. And not forgetting that the results of these ingredients in their use as teeth whiteners are not scientifically proven.

If you want to improve your smile, surround yourself with specialized dentists and do not take risks. In Medident you will find an expert team in teeth whitening treatments ready to advise and guide you throughout the process. Contact us without obligation and tell us about your case.

Why is home teeth whitening not recommended?2022-08-01T12:15:07+02:00

When should I take my child to the dentist?

There are doubts about the right age to take children to the dentist. For many years, the first visit to the dentist for children has been delayed due to fear of the experience and a lack of knowledge about possible infections or illnesses prior to the baby teeth. In this article we reveal . when to go to the dentist with your child, the recommended guidelines and the necessary tips for a more fun and pleasant experience.

The first visit to the dentist, when and how?

The ideal is always prevention. Dentists recommend that children make their first visit to the dentist when they are 1 year old or when their first tooth appears. Although children develop their first teeth (milk teeth) at the age of 3, studies have shown the presence of caries in children under the age of 4. Therefore, it is advisable to instil proper oral hygiene and detect possible pathologies from an early age.

What will your child’s first visit to the dentist consist of?

The paediatric dentist will carry out an oral examination to check the position of the teeth, detect growth disorders, baby bottle tooth decay, possible trauma and periodontal conditions. In addition, during this first visit to the dentist, parents can learn about the necessary guidelines and recommendations to practice at home and facilitate their child’s oral hygiene, such as when to take away the dummy, healthy eating habits, etc.

Tips to make your child’s experience a positive one

Dentists for children (and for adults) are the most feared in the health sector. For this reason, it is essential to choose professionals who are empathetic and know how to reduce the stress and anxiety caused by the first dental consultation. In addition, parents at home can also prepare the situation to favour a positive experience at the clinic:

Choose an appointment time when your child is usually rested.

Tiredness is the great enemy of attitude. Bringing your child to the appointment rested, motivated and cheerful will generate a good memory of the experience and facilitate communication and the work of the paediatric dentist.

Avoid heavy meals before the appointment

It is important that your child is well and comfortable at the time of the oral examination. It is therefore advisable to avoid heavy meals that may make digestion difficult and make them feel uneasy and restless.

Avoid giving him snacks

In any case, and regardless of your child’s visit to the dentist, snacks, milkshakes, pastries or sweets should be avoided as a reward or entertainment because of their high sugar and saturated fat content. It is advisable to establish healthy eating habits and normalise the consumption of real food.

Brushed teeth

To facilitate the examination of the child, the child should be presented with brushed teeth and proper oral hygiene. In this way, the professional will be able to carry out a proper and more thorough examination.

Work with the dentist to calm the child if necessary.

If the child has an episode of stress or anxiety during a visit to the paediatric dentist, there is no one better than the parents to help the child regain the confidence and security that he/she needs at that moment.

Some tips to avoid fear of the dentist in children

The first visit to the dentist can set a precedent for subsequent visits, depending on the experience. For this reason, it is ideal to create a pleasant and completely normal atmosphere when taking the child to the dentist. How can we do this?

Create the habit of oral hygiene as early as possible

It is important to familiarise your child with toothbrushing and oral hygiene. Many parents believe that baby teeth do not require care because they will be replaced by the final teeth, however, making the child responsible for maintaining daily hygiene will not only help to create the habit but will also help to prevent infections and diseases. Let’s not forget that the baby teeth are the ones that give way to the permanent teeth and that the better this place is, the better these teeth will be.

Explain to them that visits to the dentist are good for their health and wellbeing

Communication and information are essential to generate security and confidence in their visit to the dentist for children. Helping them understand that this visit is good for their health and wellbeing is the first step to a positive experience.

Never threaten to take your child to the dentist

Threatening to take little ones to the dentist only guarantees that they will dread it. That’s why you should be especially careful about which phrases you use to give them a warning about their misbehaviour. Sooner rather than later, you will have to go back to the dentist and it is important that this situation does not cause fear.

Avoid commenting on negative experiences in front of the child

Children are sponges for everything that happens and what they hear around them. If they discover that their peers have had negative experiences at the dentist, it is very likely that they will associate that experience as their own when the time comes for them to go to the dental clinic.

Treat dental visits as a matter of course. Avoid preaching to your child with both positive and negative comments

A normal situation does not involve prevention or prior motivation, so visits to the dentist should be treated as a matter of course by parents. Where do we go? To your dentist.

When should I go back? The importance of regular dental check-ups

Once we have resolved the question of at what age to take a child to the dentist, we still have to decide when it is advisable for them to return. Dentists recommend that they visit the dental clinic at least once a year, with a check-up every 6 months being recommended. This increases the possibility of prevention and detection, so that, if treatment is needed, it will be much simpler and easier to bear.

Summary

At Medident we have the best experts in paediatric dentistry. We are a team of specialised professionals with the ability to ensure that your children have a pleasant and fun experience during their visit to our clinic. Contact us without obligation for an initial consultation.

When should I take my child to the dentist?2022-06-29T09:33:30+02:00

First Fit Veneers: Your new smile in just two appointments.

If you’re thinking about improving your smile but dread the discomfort of going through multiple sessions at the dentist, you no longer have to think about it. First Fit veneers are the dental revolution to make your smile look like never before, and in just two sessions! If you want more about this fast and innovative treatment read on.

What are First Fit Veneers?

First Fit Veneers is a state-of-the-art technique that uses advances in digital technology to achieve the best results. It differs from the use of conventional veneers in the use of digital advances to achieve the fastest, most effective and personalized results in veneer placement.

How does Fist Fit technology work?

First Fit technology uses digital advances to analyze the patient’s mouth accurately and manages to reduce the number of dental visits to just two times by applying a non-invasive procedure for the patient:

First appointment: photographs and oral scanning

At the first consultation, the dental specialist uses photographs, oral scanning and digital technology for impressions of your mouth.
An analysis of the patient’s face is also performed to evaluate different options that harmonize with your face, taking into account the patient’s aesthetic opinion. After this, a digital simulation of the result is performed, so that the patient can see what the final result of the treatment will be like.
Then, thanks to an advanced digital software, we analyze the most appropriate technique for the preparation of the dental pieces and create printed guides of 3D material.

Second Appointment: Veneer Placement

In the second appointment, the pieces are elaborated and all the veneers are cemented on the teeth, which allows us to reduce the treatment time.
By placing the veneers at this second appointment, it makes it unnecessary to use temporary pieces, thus further reducing visits to the dentist and is much less invasive.

Main advantages of First Fit Veneers

As you can see, First Fit Veneers treatment has many advantages for the patient to achieve their perfect smile with the best technological advances:

100% digital pre-study

The specialist performs a previous digital oral study of the patient at the first appointment, so that accurate and one hundred percent personalized diagnoses are achieved.

Speed: Porcelain veneers in just two sessions

After the 3D digital study of your mouth and assess the appropriate aesthetics, this treatment of dental veneers with innovative digital technology makes the pieces are made very quickly in the second session. In just two days you will have your perfect smile.

Minimally Invasive

With First Fit Veneers you will not have to undergo countless sessions and you will have your dental veneers without the need to use temporary pieces. On the second day you will already have your definitive and personalized porcelain veneers, so it is minimally invasive.

Customized veneers treatment according to your personal case

The innovative technology of this digital method allows to study your case in a personalized and precise way to achieve the best aesthetic result.

High aesthetics: Get a natural smile

In the first session the characteristics of your mouth and face are analyzed using advanced digital technology, so that simulations are made of how the result will be and you can choose the size and color of teeth. This way you will get the desired result and the most natural smile.

Very durable: They do not change color over time

The material used for First Fit veneers is lithium disilicate, a very thin porcelain with a natural translucency very similar to that of the tooth. It is a ceramic of the highest durability with high resistance and does not vary its color over time, which allows the color to be stable over the years.

It is not necessary to use temporary veneers beforehand

Thanks to the digital treatment that allows to make 3D models of pieces, it eliminates the need to make previous provisional pieces to place the patient. This reduces the number of sessions the patient has to attend and the treatment is less invasive.

For which cases is this type of treatment ideal?

First Fit dental veneers treatment is suitable for those people who want to get a perfect smile in a short time. So if you have any of these problems that we present below, you will be a perfect candidate to apply FirstFit porcelain veneers:

Whitening stained teeth

If you have teeth stained by substances such as coffee or tobacco, dental veneers treatment will renew your smile by whitening the teeth you need to improve in a completely personalized way.

Align crowded teeth

If you have teeth out of place or crowded, in the previous digital study of your mouth will analyze the state of each of them. If the condition is serious, they may recommend orthodontics prior to the arrangement of ceramic veneers to ensure a perfect result of your smile.

Matching uneven teeth

Many times teeth are worn down and take on different sizes, and may even have some of the enamel missing. This treatment allows to equalize the appearance of each piece to obtain the harmony you want in your teeth.

Closing spaces between teeth

Dental veneers allow you to eliminate interdental spaces that you may have to achieve a perfect appearance from the second day of application of the pieces you need. This way you will be sure to improve the aesthetics of your smile and oral hygiene.

Revitalize old crowns or bridges

If you have other previous treatments such as crowns or bridges in your mouth, you can have this First Fit dental veneers treatment to renew the appearance of the treated teeth and give them a new look without the need to repeat the treatments.

Fix teeth with imperfections or chipped teeth

Teeth that have suffered damage such as enamel loss and chipped teeth can benefit from the placement of First Fit dental veneers. These ceramic veneers get rid of imperfections in your smile from day two.

Solving tooth sensitivity problems

In the case of suffering from the uncomfortable tooth sensitivity so annoying and frequent among patients, keep in mind the solution of FirstFit dental veneers. The pieces of dental veneers protect teeth by more effectively insulating them from sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

If you have little time to achieve the perfect smile.

If you are about to live an important event in your life, such as a wedding, a work conference or a public event in which you would like to show off your best smile, trust in this revolutionary treatment that in two days gives you the smile you always dreamed of.

At MEDIDENT Clinic we have the best and most experienced dental experts in First Fit dental veneers to ensure that you have the best aesthetic dental treatment. Contact us if you want to get that perfect smile you always wanted in just two sessions! If you have any doubts before making your decision, we are willing to help you, so don’t wait and contact us.

First Fit Veneers: Your new smile in just two appointments.2022-06-06T12:54:46+02:00

Top 10 recommendations to maintain good dental health and have a perfect smile

There is a growing awareness that good oral health is essential in the preservation of our health. You may have heard that health begins in the mouth and not only with what we eat, but also with maintaining good oral care habits.
Oral diseases can become a major obstacle to a healthy life, and about 95% of Spaniards suffer from tooth decay. This is why it is important to establish regular oral hygiene habits. In this article we give you 10 recommendations to maintain good dental health.

1. Pay close attention to tooth brushing.

Brush your teeth properly: Pay attention to brushing technique.
In the ABCs of oral care the number one spot is undoubtedly for tooth brushing. However, it is not always done well. That’s why we give you the guidelines you need to develop a proper brushing technique.
Place the toothbrush horizontally to the gum line (at a 45 degree angle). Brush in a horizontal motion, then brush from the bottom up gently from the gum towards the tooth to remove all the dirt.
Remember to brush the inside of the teeth. Then, brush the molars in all directions and to complete the brushing, use dental floss to reach all the interdental spaces and remember to clean your tongue well.
Remember that the recommendation is to brush your teeth two to three times a day, especially before going to sleep, and for at least two minutes so don’t be in too much of a hurry.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue
Tongue hygiene is one of the most important and yet one of the most forgotten. If we do not clean it daily, residues are concentrated that can lead to bacteria and bad breath.
Some people brush their tongue with the same toothbrush and a little toothpaste, but sometimes it can be a bit annoying. There are more comfortable elements for tongue hygiene in pharmacies that will allow you to drag those dirt remains from your tongue and make it cleaner and more hydrated.
A tongue cleaning in the morning to remove the remains of plaque is as important as at night to remove the remains of food that passed through it during the day.
To achieve a good tongue cleaning follow these simple steps:
1.Place the cleaner on the back of the tongue and gently drag it across the surface of the tongue toward the front.
2.Slide the cleaner across the tongue several times at different angles.
3.Remove excess food or dirt from the tongue by rinsing with water.
4.Rinse the tongue cleaner every time you use it to keep it hygienic and clean.

Don’t forget interdental cleaning: Use dental floss or interdental brushes in addition to your toothbrush.
It is equally important that after brushing you take care of the interdental spaces with dental floss and special interdental brushes, since failure to do so leads to food debris that cannot be removed with a normal toothbrush, and can cause cavities and bacteria.

Use appropriate toothbrushes and toothpastes.
Try to use toothbrushes that are of good quality and are neither too hard nor too soft. Try to remove as much toothpaste as possible after each brushing to prevent the toothbrush from becoming damaged too soon or concentrating bacteria.
It is also advisable to renew the toothbrush approximately every 3 months, so do not stretch its useful life more than necessary.

2. Complete your hygiene with a mouthwash

Eliminates bad breath
The last step of your oral hygiene routine is to make a rinse that protects teeth and gums from bacteria. It also removes bacteria from the palate, cheeks and mouth parts that we don’t normally brush and are exposed to bacteria on a daily basis. Therefore, it gives us good breath and improves our health by keeping our gums healthy.

3. Visit the dentist regularly: at least once or twice a year.
Having good oral hygiene habits does not prevent us from having to go to the dentist at least once a year for a preventive check-up. It is important that the specialist can detect possible problems early and prevent them from becoming more serious.

4. Taking care of your diet
The food we eat passes through our mouth and teeth in the first instance, so it is important to keep this in mind to avoid those that can damage our oral health.

Hydrate
It is important to hydrate well every day since not doing so would alter the PH of the saliva and could affect the enamel on the teeth and the proliferation of bacteria on the tongue and gums. Saliva is considered a protector of our teeth and also an effective disinfectant. Therefore, lack of hydration would also lead to a lack of saliva and less protection for your teeth.

Eat a balanced diet.
Try whenever you can to eat a healthy diet and avoid sugars whenever possible, thus preventing the appearance of cavities.

Reduce the consumption of dark drinks such as coffee and tobacco.
It is advisable not to drink dark drinks such as coffee frequently as they alter the color of the teeth and their whiteness may be affected.

5. Have a dental hygiene treatment at the dentist.
It is important to have a thorough dental cleaning once a year, so don’t put off your annual visit too long to prevent any problems that you can avoid by going to the dentist on time.

6. If you are not happy with the white of your teeth go to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment.
Do not suffer from a shy smile because of those yellowish teeth, ask if it is feasible to have a teeth whitening treatment. Always do it in the hands of specialists, do not rely on home tricks that can hurt your enamel.
Keep in mind that you should stop smoking or reduce this bad habit as much as possible so that this treatment can be more effective.

7. Protect your teeth when playing sports. Avoid possible trauma.
Try to use protective splints for your teeth when playing sports that may put them at risk.

8. Avoid the nervous habit of chewing on objects.
In addition to breaking that object, you will be wearing down your teeth. So, better get yourself an anti-stress ball to channel your nerves in another way.

9. Don’t put ice cubes in your mouth, let alone bite them.
Try not to bite ice cubes, as you can injure your gums and awaken tooth sensitivity that lasts for days.

10. Correct your oral problems
In the reviews you have at your dentist, try to follow the treatment recommendations of the specialist to address problems as soon as possible and not let them worsen. There are many recommended treatments, such as dental veneers and dental caps to improve the appearance of your teeth, Invisible Orthodontics to improve their position or dental implants in case you need them. Let us advise you and put yourself in the hands of specialists.
In Medidentwe have the best dental treatments for dental beautification and get your best smile. Contact us for an initial consultation and we will advise you of the recommended treatments for your particular case.

Top 10 recommendations to maintain good dental health and have a perfect smile2022-05-03T10:11:02+02:00

Dental bone regeneration,
When is it necessary and its advantages

If you have had or are considering dental implant treatment, you may have heard about the existence of dental bone regeneration treatments. Bone regeneration consists of several techniques that are necessary to ensure that the jawbone has the right volume to support dental implants. In this article we tell you what it consists of and the details of this treatment.

What exactly is Dental Bone Regeneration?

Dental bone regeneration consists of recovering the level of bone mass that may have been lost in the jaws due to different causes. This technique is mainly used in implantology when the final dental treatment is the placement of artificial teeth. Before the treatment is performed, studies are carried out to evaluate the patient’s needs and jaw condition. Afterwards, the oral surgery specialists will choose the most appropriate technique according to the results obtained and will adjust the treatment according to the particular needs.

What are the main causes of dental bone loss?

There are several causes that can lead to dental bone loss. Over the years we can have loss of bone mass in the jaws, due to different causes, such as diseases like periodontitis or osteoporosis, infections, atrophy or trauma, maxillary pathological processes such as cysts or tumors, aggressive or abrupt dental extractions, surgeries or poorly fitted prostheses.
When placing implants it is important to have good bone tissue so that they can remain in the patient’s mouth for a long time. Therefore, if we have lost bone tissue due to any of the causes described above, bone regeneration techniques will be necessary.

What are the cases in which bone regeneration should be performed?

Dental bone regeneration is indicated in all the above cases. In addition, there are anatomical circumstances, such as a large maxillary sinus or jaws with little width or height, or with unfavorable proportions in the spaces, which may also require some type of regenerative treatment to place the implants.

What alternatives exist to achieve dental bone regeneration?

There are two main techniques to achieve the correct osseointegration of an implant: membranes and grafts.
Grafts are small “bone transplants”, which can be fragments of the patient’s own bone (autografts), of another species (xenografts) or with synthetic materials, such as crystalline ceramics. The most preferable option is always the patient’s own bone, but this is not always possible. When the tissues of the mouth have healed completely, the dentist can proceed to place the implant. These grafts make it possible to increase both the width and height of the maxillary or mandibular bone where the implant is to be placed.

In many cases, the integration of the bone graft in the maxilla does not happen easily, and the implantologists must resort to the use of membranes to keep it immobile until it is integrated in the rest of the bone. These membranes can be synthetic or made of biological molecules, such as collagen. Again, the more similar the chemical composition, the better the results and the better the healing.

How is the procedure carried out to achieve bone regeneration?

Dental bone regeneration by bone grafting consists of a surgical intervention that seeks to replace lost bone. The transplanted bone can belong to the patient himself, be from a donor or from commercialized bone substitutes (of animal, vegetable or synthetic origin), as long as they are compatible with the patient.
On the other hand, the Plasma rich in Growth Factors technique consists of using the patient’s blood to obtain the proteins found in the plasma. These are applied to the area in order to regenerate.
The growth factors stimulate the production of blood vessels, the multiplication of cells, prevent the multiplication of bacteria and modulate inflammation. With this procedure, the bone around the implants is regenerated, improving its consolidation. It also helps the healing of wounds.

What are the most important aspects to take into account for optimal bone regeneration?

The most important thing is to perform the necessary care after the intervention:

  1. Rinses with antiseptics such as chlorhexidine or warm salt water, 24 hours after the intervention to favor the correct formation of a clot and avoid bleeding.
  2. Application of cold in the operated area as a very useful anti-inflammatory. You can use bags of gels sold in pharmacies or ice applied directly to the area.
  3. Sleeping with the head slightly incorporated the first days after surgery.
  4. Follow a soft food diet to avoid pain and try to preferably eat warm or cold food to prevent bleeding from the operated area.
  5. Limit physical exertion and sports activities during the days immediately after surgery to prevent the surgical sutures from opening.
  6. Avoid smoking and alcohol, which can hinder healing and cause the appearance of bacteria and infections.

What are the main benefits of dental bone regeneration for the patient?

Bone regeneration allows dental implants to be properly placed in patients with bone problems in the jaw. Therefore, it allows the placement of implants in patients with previous pathologies and dental problems, who without this technique would not be able to benefit from improving their oral health.
In addition, bone regeneration favors less food accumulation, facilitates oral hygiene and, esthetically, provides a better oral harmony being able to have the necessary implants for each patient.

Frequently asked questions

If I don’t have enough bone, can’t I have implants? Why?

If you have the problem that you do not have enough bone, since there is not enough bone base to anchor an implant, the chances of failure of such dental implant are much higher, making you waste your time and money. If there is not a solid base of natural or enhanced dental bone with this technique, the implant and crown will not be fixed properly and will not be able to withstand the chewing forces and pressure of our teeth.

How long does it take to achieve dental bone regeneration?

Once the bone regeneration treatment has been performed, we must wait between 8 or 9 months to place the implant, since this is the time it takes for the new bone to form. After this period, we will wait between 3 or 4 more months after the implant placement to be able to start making the implant crown.

What is the recovery process like after bone grafting surgery?

Once the intervention has been performed, the patient has to wait a few months while the graft helps the growth helps the generation of new bone.
The patient, in this course of time, should make visits to the dental specialist so that he/she can make the respective revisions of the intervention and thus prevent possible infections or problems.

What is the price of dental bone regeneration?

The price of this treatment ranges from approximately 280€ to 800€. The cost of bone regeneration varies according to the extent of the area to be treated and the number of implants required. Each case has its particularities and each specialist will adjust the budget based on the dental needs required by the patient.
In Medident we are specialists in dental bone regeneration treatments, if you need advice on treatments consult us. Our clinic has the best experience and specialists to help you get the healthy and beautiful smile you always wanted.

Dental bone regeneration,
When is it necessary and its advantages
2022-04-01T11:17:09+02:00

How to maintain and care for your dental implants

The placement of dental implants is one of the most frequent surgeries in dental clinics and they do not present complications in most cases.
Taking care of the mouth and smile is a necessary health and esthetic factor and care must be kept up to date. Dental implants are the most frequent treatment if any dental piece is missing, allowing patients to achieve a better functional chewing, a more beautiful smile and to feel better about themselves. To maintain the implants properly after surgery it is necessary to take into account certain care and hygiene routines that we describe below with these recommendations and will ensure the survival of the implant in the long term.

Important care after implant surgery


The procedure requires local anesthesia in the patient’s mouth, so that after its effect, it is common to feel slight discomfort or feel localized swelling. Both symptoms subside within a few days. The professional who has performed the operation may prescribe specific medication for the patient, in order to mitigate the possible postoperative effects and remit unwanted discomfort. And it is always necessary to take into account the particular recommendations that the professional will specify for the care of the implant.

Soft diet after surgery


After surgery it is advisable to wait a minimum of two hours after surgery to drink or eat something.
After that time it is advisable to eat soft and cold food to reduce swelling. Above all, try not to chew in the area where the surgery was performed.
You should drink plenty of fluids and, if possible, cold drinks. Do not rinse your mouth with them, but swallow normally.

Don’t smoke


Avoid smoking, since tobacco is a factor that can cause complications after the implant, both in the short and long term.
It is advisable to eliminate or reduce as much as possible the consumption of tobacco during the week before and after the intervention. In this way, the patient will avoid problems of infection, scarring or tissue irritation.

Do not drink alcohol


Although it is advisable to drink cold beverages after dental implant surgery, alcohol should not be drunk.

Avoid mouthwashes


After the operation, even if you feel more salivation and a strange sensation in the area, try not to rinse your mouth or spit immediately after the operation. This may remove the clot necessary for healing or damage the stitches if there are any, and thus increase bleeding.
In any case, rinses must be done days after the implant placement, they must be soft rinses with a mouthwash prescribed by the professional who performed the intervention.

Main recommendations for the care of your dental implants


The duration of dental implants is very long, but it is necessary to follow a correct care with a good oral hygiene.
Try to follow the advice of the professional after the intervention to keep in good condition and extend the durability of the implants without problems in the long term.

Dental hygiene


The first thing to do is to brush your teeth after every meal. It is advisable to use medium-hard brushes, whether you use an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush.
It is also necessary to take care of the hygiene of the tongue by brushing or shaving the surface of the tongue, as it is a storehouse of bacteria.
We recommend you to complete your hygiene in the small interdental spaces, in the case of dental implants there are special brushes that allow you to reach all spaces.

Attending check-ups


It is very important to attend the check-ups established by the professional in order to monitor the state of the implants periodically.
In addition, it will be possible to detect and deal with any unforeseen complication that may arise with the implants in time.
Generally, with two visits a year, that is, one every six months, the patient can check with the specialist that the mouth is in good health and that the hygiene guidelines are being followed.

No smoking


There are habits that if you have oral problems we recommend you to eliminate, such as tobacco consumption. In addition to staining the teeth and implants, it can harm the process of integration of the implant in the bone and favor the appearance of bacteria in the gums.

Caution with some medications


After the intervention, your surgeon will explain the doctor’s instructions regarding medications such as anti-inflammatory and antibiotics, and do not interrupt the treatment prematurely.
If you take other medications, you should warn the professional to take them into account and only take them when it is essential, since the unregulated consumption of some of them can alter your implants.

How to properly clean fixed dental implants


Oral hygiene will be essential to take care of the implants and the complete health of your mouth, so we leave you these tips so that you do not neglect it.

Brushing 3 times a day


It is advisable to brush three times a day after each meal, make sure that the toothbrush is in good condition and do not neglect tongue hygiene.

Interdental cleaning
Use accessories to reach the interdental spaces such as dental floss to clean the most inaccessible areas.

Mouthwash


Use a good mouthwash, or the one recommended by the professional who assists you, to eliminate the bacteria that accumulate in the oral cavity on a daily basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you eat after having an implant?


After a dental implant in the postoperative period, soft and cold food should always be eaten after two hours.

Is it possible to exercise after getting an implant?


It is not advisable to do sports the same day of the surgery in which the implant is placed, it is better not to make sudden movements and rest.
It is recommended to suspend sports activities for a few days during the first week after surgery.
After a dental implant you can work if the work is seated but not if it involves movements. This way, you will avoid problems related to bleeding, inflammation or pain.

Is there rejection in dental implants?


The truth is that there cannot be a “rejection” per se, but rather a poor healing of the gum and not an immune reaction against the titanium.
This can occur due to different factors: the appearance of peri-implantitis, complications during osseointegration, smoking or insufficient oral hygiene, among others.
Depending on the cause, the professional will have to assess which is the most appropriate solution for each patient, although the most common is to remove the implant and replace it.

What is the usual price of dental implants?


The budget for an implant operation must be personalized for each patient, since the price may vary depending on the patient’s oral health and the number of implants needed.
Currently, the cost of a complete single dental implant (including surgery, screw and crown) is around 1,200-1,500 euros.
At Medident Dental Clinic we have a great team of experienced professionals and we will advise you on what you need to know for your oral treatments. Contact us and book your first appointment with us, we want to help you.

How to maintain and care for your dental implants2022-03-01T14:57:30+02:00
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