What are dental implants?

An implant serves as an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth (a titanium screw), and it is inserted into the jawbone. A ceramic crown, replacing the tooth crown, is then affixed to the implant. This procedure is conducted under local anesthesia. In cases where the restoration of all teeth is required, methods such as All-on-Six or All-on-Four may be applied.

Dental implants are entirely biocompatible with the surrounding tissue, eliminating undesired reactions and potential rejection by the body. The process of implant placement itself is completely safe and painless for the patient. It typically lasts around 20 minutes.

In most cases, if a patient has a tooth or teeth scheduled for extraction, implants are placed during the same procedure, and temporary replacements (teeth) are promptly provided in less than 24 hours.

Reasons for

Implant placement

Health-related

In the long term, implant placement stabilizes the jawbone and prevents bone mass loss.

Functional

In addition to physically replacing lost teeth, implants also help maintain the shape and density of the jawbone. They also indirectly support the soft tissues of the lips and cheeks. Replacing missing teeth with implants allows you to chew food better and speak more clearly.

Aesthetic

Dental implants look, function, and provide patients with the sensation of having natural teeth. Consequently, patients regain the confidence to smile and engage in social activities.

Types of

Dental Implant Restorations

Placement of a Single Prosthetic Tooth

Each crown that is implanted to replace a missing tooth has its own individual implant, regardless of whether one or more teeth are restored.

Partial implant dentures (bridges)

Partial dentures, also known as bridges, replace two or more teeth and, depending on the situation, require two or three implants.

Full arch dental implants – All-on-Six/All on Four

Six implants are placed per jaw, onto which a temporary denture is fixed. After a period of 3 months, the final ceramic restoration (denture) is installed.

Tree steps for

Implant Placement

Initial Examination and Consultation with the Patient

A 3D scan is required to assess the quality of the jawbone and determine the feasibility of implant placement. After the consultation, we will provide you with information outlining your personalized treatment plan, including details on the treatment steps, timeframe, and expected costs. Schedule for treatment/intervention.

Teeth Extraction and Implant Placement

If there is a tooth that needs to be extracted, the procedure is performed in a single session (visit). In cases where the intervention is in the aesthetic zone, a temporary crown is promptly provided. In certain cases, it might be necessary to add artificial bone to the jaw to facilitate implant placement.

Dental Crown or Brigde Placement

Following the period of implant stabilization in the bone tissue (osseointegration), which typically lasts between two and four months, a ceramic crown is placed on the titanium cylinder. In our clinic, crowns can be crafted using the state-of-the-art CEREC AC technology within a swift 45-minute timeframe.

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Questions & Answers

Do I need an orthopan (tomogram) or a 3D scan?

To place implants, it is necessary to bring a 3D scan since only based on it can a precise assessment of the placement plan be determined. This scan provides essential information about the width and height of the bone.

The minimum age limit for implant placement is 18 years, with no upper age limit.

Implants are placed under local anesthesia, minimizing discomfort during the procedure. After the intervention, there might be a mild degree of pain, which can be alleviated with pain medication.

The process of placing a dental implant usually takes between 10 to 15 minutes per implant.

The dental crown is installed after the stabilization of the implants in the bone tissue (osseointegration), which takes between two and four months.

As for the success rate of dental implant placement, it varies from individual to individual and depends on health and habits. For a healthy person with good oral hygiene and overall health, dental implants are predictably successful, with success rates exceeding 90-95 percent.

After dental implant placement, the behavior rules are similar to those after other minor surgical procedures: consume soft and mashed food, use cold compresses, avoid physical exertion, and hot beverages.

The dental crown is first screwed onto the abutment of the dental implant, after which it is cemented. Another option is to craft a dental crown on a CEREC machine, which is then secured through screwing.

The primary alternatives to implants are dentures and bridges. Dentures significantly fall behind implants in terms of functionality, while bridges are a more destructive method as healthy teeth need to be ground down to fix the bridge.

Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to tooth diseases such as cavities. However, maintaining gum health is vital for the long-term success of implants. Patient’s conscientious home care and regular cleaning and check-ups are essential elements for the longevity of dental implants.

We use implants from renowned manufacturers Bredent and  Straumann.

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