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Dental Implants in Panama

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What is a dental implant?

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The dental implant is a procedure that is performed with some frequency and is a part of the
cosmetic dentistry
is dental implant surgery.

Dental implants in Panama are a cosmetic alternative that allows to fix on a metal piece the crown or bridge that will replace a missing tooth.

This consists of replacing the roots of a “missing” tooth with small metal pieces in the form of pins.

To these screws is attached another piece that is finally covered by a crown or bridge, which completes the implant and provides the appearance of a natural tooth.

This type of surgery is a widely accepted alternative that, in addition to the esthetic component, restores functionality to the patient through a fixed piece that can be used for biting and chewing without fear of it falling out or shifting.

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What is a dental implant?

The dental implant is a procedure that is performed with some frequency and is part of cosmetic dentistry. In particular, dental implant surgery involves replacing the roots of a missing tooth with small metal parts in the form of pins.

Another piece is attached to these screws, which is finally covered by a crown or bridge that completes the implant and provides the appearance of a natural tooth.

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Dr. Richard Ford
Specialist in Periodontics and Dental Implants

Dental implants in Panama are performed in our clinic by Dr. Richard Ford.

Dr. Richard Ford

who also offer you the confidence of knowing that you are in the hands of true experts.

For this type of procedure there are different methods which vary according to the type of implant and the condition of the patient’s jaw; the latter being an important aspect to consider, since it is necessary to ensure that the correct healing of the bone around the implant takes place progressively in the following months, in order to consider the case successful.

This type of surgery is a widely accepted alternative that, in addition to the esthetic component, restores functionality to the patient through a fixed piece that can be used for biting and chewing without fear of it falling out or shifting.

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Types of dental implants

Although this information is normally known to the specialist and it is he who is qualified to recommend one or another alternative, we will explain the main characteristics of each one so that you are familiar with them and can identify them:

Subperiosteal implants

Also called juxtaosseous, they present a metallic structure that is designed with a shape that surrounds the tooth, comparable to a saddle.

This type of implant is installed under the gum tissue between the periosteum and the alveolar bone in the bone crest and has small supports where the prosthesis will be anchored. Its use is basically restricted to people with mandible with high bone resorption.

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Osseointegrated implants

This group includes the most commonly used implants. The perforation is made directly in the jaw, where a screw-shaped metal piece is placed, which will finally be the anchor for the artificial tooth.

The principle of osseointegration refers to the process that occurs when a piece of a certain material (in dental implants it is common to use pieces of pure titanium or with aluminum alloys, zirconium or porcelain) is welded to the bone after a certain period of time has elapsed.

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How is the process to have my dental implants done in Panama?

The process is delicate and involves several stages. The first is to perform a complete evaluation to determine if you are indeed eligible for this type of surgical procedure; that is:

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To achieve all this, it is likely that at this stage the specialist will request:

The planning and subsequent placement of dental implants in Panama can integrate various specialists so that the result is totally harmonious, aesthetic and functional. In our clinic we have dentists, periodontists, maxillofacial surgeon and other specialties that you can count on when structuring your proposal.

After all the previous stage is completed, the surgery is scheduled, which is generally ambulatory. The following is performed:

Local or general anesthesia may be used during the procedure. After implant placement, a period of healing, bone healing and osseointegration begins, which may last several months.

During this time, the space should be kept empty (unless a temporary prosthesis is used) and the specialist will continuously observe the case until it is considered feasible to complete the placement of the abutment and finally the artificial tooth.

Parts of a dental implant

The implant.

It is nothing more than a screw that serves as a root for new teeth. It is the piece that is permanently attached to the jaw.

The pillar:

It is a permanent connector, but removable by the dentist, which supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.

The crown (or prosthetic tooth):

It is the part of the tooth that can be seen. It is usually made of zirconia or porcelain to provide durability and good appearance.

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Local or general anesthesia may be used during the procedure.

After implant placement, a period of healing, bone healing and osseointegration begins that may last several months, during which time the space will remain empty (unless a temporary prosthesis is used) and your specialist will maintain continuous observation of the case until it is considered feasible to complete with the placement of the abutment and finally the artificial tooth piece.

How do I know if I need a bone graft?

Obviously, in some cases the jaw is not in conditions to perform the surgery, perhaps because it is too soft or thin. It is then necessary to apply a graft.

This is one of the assessments previously performed by the specialist, since if the bone is not solid enough to support the implant, the surgery will be lost.

When a graft is performed, it takes some time for the bone to grow and strengthen. In many cases this is done during the implant surgery, but it is something that is left to the consideration of the specialist on a case-by-case basis.

To perform the graft it is possible to use a piece of the patient’s own bone or an artificial component made of synthetic material specially developed for this purpose.

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Why start your treatment at Ford Dental Clinic?

Ford Dental was designed with you in mind. We know that the visit to the dentist has been, throughout history, a source of anxiety. That is why we have incorporated in our clinic all the services of a day, so you can relax while our specialists take care of beautifying your smile. Additionally, we have the most advanced relaxation and conscious sedation techniques available.

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The last step in the surgery of dental implants
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consists in the placement of the crown; that piece that will simulate your own teeth in shape, color and texture.

In this regard, your specialist will basically show you 2 alternatives that can also be combined: On the one hand, there are the removable teeth.
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which even though they are firmly fixed to the abutment, they can be removed at any time for cleaning or repair.

On the other, the fixed teeth
are firmly cemented and cannot be removed unless by a specialist for a major cause.


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After going through all this process, it is important that you take care of certain details so that your implant does not present any problem with the passing of time:

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Regular visits to your dentist.

Your specialist has advanced with you in each stage of this process; the most correct thing is that the communication is maintained and the control check-up allows to guarantee the correct functioning and health of your mouth and dental pieces.

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Dental hygiene.

Whether implants or natural teeth, the usual care of brushing and cleaning in general should be maintained and even deepened to avoid situations that may cause some diseases.

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Avoid smoking and coffee consumption.

These products, in addition to other consequences on your body, stain your natural and false teeth.

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Don't bite down on something too hard.

Candy, ice or other stiff foods can crack your teeth or crowns; avoid them as much as possible.

Frequently asked questions about dental implants

Dental implants represent a solution to the loss of teeth. They allow to fix on a metal piece implanted in the bone, a crown or bridge that will replace a missing tooth.


It is a procedure in which the roots of a missing tooth are removed and replaced with small metal pieces in the form of pins. To these are attached another piece that will later be covered by a crown or bridge to give the appearance of a natural tooth.

When an implant is placed where a tooth previously existed, the bone begins a process called osseointegration. After some time, this action joins the metal piece to the bone as if they were one.

When a tooth is lost, the bone begins a degenerative process. Implant placement helps to stop bone resorption.

There are different types that are used at the discretion of the specialist and according to the needs of each patient. A general classification identifies them in two groups: subperiosteal or juxta-osseous implants and osseointegrated implants.

It is possible to do so; however, due to the conditions that each patient presents, it is the specialist who must perform the evaluation and indicate the extent to which a generalized implantation is manageable.

When the jawbone is not in good condition (too soft or too thin), there is a possibility that the bone will not be able to support the implant and the surgery will be lost.

In these cases it is decided to perform a graft and it is possible to use a piece of the patient’s own bone or a synthetic prosthesis.

As in any surgical procedure, the main risk is the appearance of possible infections; especially due to the amount of bacteria found in the mouth.

In any case, it is important to keep some rest avoiding any effort that may cause bleeding and not to smoke.

It is not an impediment to suffer from these or any other particular disease; however, it is extremely important that the specialist knows the condition so that he/she can take all the necessary precautions.

The implants are manufactured with biocompatible materials, scientifically tested so that they do not produce any type of reaction, allergy or rejection by the patient.

Its main component is titanium (widely used in the health field for hip or knee implants due to its biocompatibility); even so, there is always a slight risk that some people may reject it, but this is not common.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to decay, periodontal disease, injury, or root resorption.

The natural bone fuses with the implant and grows around the implant holding it in place. They have a shape similar to the root of the tooth and similar to a screw. Dental implants are generally made of titanium, a biocompatible material that serves as a reliable base (tooth root) for replacement teeth.

Modern dental implants, which have proven to be safe and efficient replacements for missing teeth, have been used for more than 40 years. At Clínica Ford Dental Spa we have been using them successfully for more than 30 years.

Dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures in dentistry and is the only restorative method that stimulates the natural bone beneath the missing tooth.

Each case is unique and each patient is different. After examining you and studying your x-rays, we will be able to estimate the number of appointments needed. However, it is possible to estimate that it will require between 4-8 visits over the course of treatment, which may last 3-6 months. Many visits are simple and control visits.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are many reasons to maintain the space of a missing tooth. A significant gap between teeth can affect the way a person speaks or chews. Adjacent teeth become loose and may move or shift and, in some cases, bone loss may occur around a missing tooth.

As a rule, implant placement is no more uncomfortable than the process of extracting the tooth being replaced. Our patients tell us that there is little or no discomfort associated with implant placement and that if there is swelling, it is minimal to none. We have the option of conscious sedation available for those who choose not to be awake during the procedure.

Dental implants may take two to several months to integrate into place. The bone around a new implant needs time to heal so that it can secure the implant in place. An average estimate is 3-6 months.

Generally, implants are placed and have to cure for several months before the permanent tooth is placed on top of it. The average time for the implant to osseointegrate (attach to the bone) is about three months. However, all cases are different, so Dr. Ford and our team will closely monitor your progress. We are 100% dedicated to the care we provide in our clinic.

No, you are never too old. We have successfully placed implants in patients over 90 years of age replacing loose partial and complete dentures with implant-supported restorations. The comment we hear most often is “I wish I had done this sooner!” They are enjoying the benefits of easier chewing and speaking and a better quality of life.

We all put up with many things that we believe will not change or improve, but based on the comments we have heard from past and present patients, dental implants have opened up a whole new world for them. It is also important to keep in mind that the bone in your jaw will diminish over time without implants. Dental implants stimulate the bone as natural teeth do, thus maintaining healthy bone.

Our patients tell us that they have greatly improved their ability to chew food and can now chew and eat what they could not before implant placement.

It will not be necessary to run out of replacement teeth. A temporary prosthesis can be made for you to wear while the implants osseointegrate (attach to the bone). If you were already missing teeth and had a removable prosthesis (veneer), you can continue to wear it with minor adjustments for your comfort during the healing period.

Yes, you should continue to visit your dentist regularly for hygiene. It is essential to maintain your oral health.

Tooth loss leads to loss of bone mass, which may require more complicated treatment in the future. You will also need to continue to adjust, reline or even replace your removable prosthesis (veneer) or denture frequently. Adjacent teeth and their chewing ability will not improve. In addition to that, there will be future expenses for denture adhesives and denture cleaners. Your dentures will eventually cause discomfort and pain and may worsen your condition as your jaw deteriorates.

They generally last longer than conventional dental work, as long as you take proper care of them with daily cleaning, just like your natural teeth (flossing, brushing, etc.). When properly maintained and in good oral health, implants can last a lifetime.

The cost of implants varies depending on the number of implants you need, the condition of your teeth and jaw, and the material used for construction in replacing your teeth. Often, the cost is not much more than the cost of constructing fixed permanent bridges.

The implantation process requires three specialists: a surgeon to place them, a restorative dentist to design the replacement teeth and a laboratory to fabricate them according to the dentist’s indications. The precise implant components are ordered specifically for your mouth. Much time and effort is spent planning and customizing each step to reproduce missing teeth and preserve or rebuild the jaw, gum tissue and teeth.
This treatment is designed to last
to last for many years, if properly maintained.

For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards, cash and checks. We also offer payment facilities for the duration of the treatment.

Specialists in the field of oral surgery are ideal for the placement of implants. These are periodontists and maxillofacial surgeons. General dentists diagnose and maintain the overall oral health of patients. They may have expertise in specialty areas such as implants. Some are trained in the placement and restoration of implants, however, ideally a specialist in the area should perform these procedures.

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