Frequently asked questions
Dr Gilles Marchisio, Dentist in Monaco, specialized in cosmetic dental care and implantology answers your questions.
What is a dental implant ?
A dental implant is like a small screw, an artificial root, it is made of titanium and bio-compatible. It is used to replace the root of a damaged or missing tooth and can be used as an anchorage point for a future dental prosthesis or ceramic crown.
Does it hurt ?
No. The same anesthesia is needed that for a tooth extraction , however you can get in-office medical sedation if preferred. As for any surgical procedure a 48 home rest is adviced after surgery . The pre-operative prescriptions given to you by Dr.Marchisio will help you to a good recovery.
How long do dental implants last ?
dental implants are part of the most durable treatments. An adapted dental hygiene and prophylaxis are to be considered for the stability of the prosthetic and implant treatments.
How much does an implant cost ?
It is difficult to give a price; every patient requires a personalized study to precisely establish treatment plan. This type of treatment is partially reimbursed by the social system, in addition private medical insurance plans can cover some of the expenses.
Someone told me I could not get implants ?
There is no age limit to get dental implants. A pre-implantory exam is required. A dental scanner can be used to check multiple elements (bone density, infections, root fracture …). On average, the number of implants needed varies from one case to the next. A clinical exam is to be expected before considering dental implants.
Someone told me I do not have enough bone ?
Only a 3D dental scanner can precisely determine if there is enough bone or not. In the case where there is not, there are alternative solutions, like filling the missing bone with a substitute or using a shorter implant. Even in the case of insufficient bone depth, guided surgery as practiced here, allows to treat cases previously considered impossible.
What differences are there between implants ?
There are many different brands and models of implants.It is very important to keep registration track of the type of implants you’ve had espacially if you change country or dental practice .