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Free Dental Implant by SUS – See how to get it

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There are cases of people who need dental implants, this procedure is often inaccessible due to its high price, but it is possible to get a free dental implant through SUS.

Therefore, oral health and aesthetics are extremely important for all citizens to ensure their self-esteem and the proper functioning of the digestive system, since chewing and teeth are the gateway to good nutrition.

Check out more details on how to get your free dental implant through SUS in this article!

What are dental implants?

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A dental implant is a kind of surgery to replace one of your teeth. Usually a titanium cylinder is placed in the bone below the gum so that there is a kind of simulation of the root of the tooth and on top of it, a new tooth is placed. 

Who can get a dental implant?

There are no restrictions such as, for example, the age for those who want to have a dental implant, just have an indication of a responsible dentist.

People who have lost some of their teeth or need to have them extracted for some reason can have the procedure done.

There are people who perform the procedure for aesthetics, but there may be other less invasive methods to be worked on, so you need to consult your dentist. 

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Are there contraindications to having a dental implant?

The dental implant is a surgery, so it is good to be in a general state of health that gives safety to perform the implant.

If you have chronic diseases like diabetes, anemia, infections, high blood pressure, etc. It is possible to carry out the procedure as long as it is approved by your doctor and the exams are ok.

Some types of pathology prevent dental implants from being performed due to the drugs used, such as people with malignant neoplasms, Paget's disease and some cases of osteoporosis, as they use drugs from the bisphosphonate class that inhibit bone remodeling and can cause until necrosis.

In addition, children and adolescents who have not yet completed the bone growth cycle should wait, otherwise the growth process may end up changing the position of the implants and generating more serious problems such as the implant not following the growth of the face.

What tests are needed to place a dental implant?

Before performing a dental implant, the surgeon will need to analyze your real need and the state of the bone that is below the gum, where the titanium cylinder will be placed.

The tests commonly performed are panoramic radiography to show the position and height of the bone and CT scan to more accurately show the height and width of the bone.

Some other tests may be requested if the patient is suspicious of other chronic pathologies such as glucose levels, blood count, blood tests to detect infections, etc. 

How is a dental implant done?

The dental implant must be planned from the completion of the computed tomography, in which the surgery is programmed through the computer by the dental surgeon.

The patient will receive anesthesia, an incision is made with a scalpel to visualize the area where the implant will be performed in the bone. Sutures are placed and made to join the edges of the gingiva.

The procedure can take up to 2 hours depending on the number of implants or complications that occur during the surgery.

After this first phase is completed, the patient must wait an average of 8 months to place the definitive teeth.

How much does a dental implant cost?

A dental implant in Brazil cannot be performed by just anyone as they are very expensive. The implants made of national material reach 3,500 reais, while those made of imported material can reach 16,000. 

Is it possible to get a free dental implant through SUS?

The SUS makes several health supplies available free of charge, allowing Brazilian citizens to perform procedures and receive high-cost medicines for free.

The SUS has a specific program for free dental implants by the SUS, Brasil Sorridente, which has been in operation since 2004.

Dental implants and orthodontics entered the program in 2011 and to get your dental implant free of charge through SUS, you must have your SUS card registered in the city where you live.

Not all municipalities offer free dental implant performance by the SUS, with only 19 cities across Brazil that perform the procedure.

How to get and request a free dental implant through SUS?

Not all municipalities offer free dental implant performance by the SUS, with only 19 cities across Brazil that perform the procedure.

Therefore, the first step is to check if your city of residence performs the procedure. You can consult the complete list through the website of the Ministry of Health.

You must go to the basic health unit closest to your home, express your interest in having a free dental implant through SUS and undergo an evaluation by the doctor at the Health Post.

If there is a need you will be redirected to a specialist and this appointment can take 30 to 90 days to schedule.

There is a waiting list and the highest priority cases are preferred, such as people who have lost front teeth or are at serious risk of infection, for example.

Who can place free dental implants through SUS?

To get your free dental implant from SUS, you must undergo the initial assessment explained above and must have some prerequisites such as: being of legal age, having good periodontal conditions, having adequate prosthetic space, adequate occlusion and not having systemic diseases.

The patient can receive a maximum of 6 teeth at a time. If there is a need for more implants, it is necessary to wait another two years before entering the service again. 

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