Horia Mihail Barbu

Title: Dental implant – a nail in the wall or foundation for a smile?

This course aims to explore the more complex nuances of dental implant treatment, changing the perspective of seeing implants as just “screws” to recognizing them as real foundations for a beautiful smile.

The treatment with dental implants must be approached seriously, from the selection of patients who have an indication for this type of treatment, to the attention to the existing local anatomical details.

Disregarding the biological substrate in treatment generally leads to quite serious failures. The healing of the bone around the implants is a process that must be understood very well and that can be influenced either physiologically, leading to the osseointegration of the implant, or pathologically, causing its loss over time. Osseointegration, the structural and functional connection between the surface of the implant and the surrounding bone, ensures the stability of the implant over the years, so all the elements necessary to obtain it will be considered.

Another important step is the correctness of the insertion protocol, which involves both care for the bone around the implant, respecting its biological principles, and care for the vascular elements in the area.

Long-term success in implantology depends on various aspects such as patient selection, surgical technique, implant design to post-operative care and regular check-ups.

Understanding the connection between the healing capacity of the bone and the biological complications that can be associated with the insertion of dental implants remains essential for long-term success.