If you are worried about a missing tooth or teeth, you may consider placing implants in your jawbone. This allows replacement of roots of missing teeth and providing abutments for placing crowns. Procedure takes place in sterile environment and under local anaesthesia, and it is relatively quick.
In frequent cases, patient’s jawbone has receded as a result of a missing tooth and it needs to be “grown” in the course of the surgery. We use innovative technology A-PRF (Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin) and also artificial bone granules, as necessary. During the surgery, other surgical procedures may become necessary.
We use NeoBiotech (South-Korea) and ICX (Germany) implants.
Overview of the nature and placement of implants is available here:
|What is a dental implant?|
A dental implant is usually titanium screw that replaces the missing tooth roots.The implant superstructure, the abutment, is attached to the body of the implant. The tooth crown or bridge is attached to the abutment.Implants can be placed into both upper and lower jaw, where they seamlessly merge with the bone. Titanium is tissue friendly and forms a firm bond with the bone. Titanium is biologically neutral, does not cause allergies and there is no risk of being rejected by the body.
|When is an implant necessary?|
A. If you have a missing tooth, you have a choice to restore it with a dental bridge connecting it to the adjacent teeth or to use a tooth implant. In order to place the bridge, the adjacent teeth need to be shaped accordingly.
|Implantation is the best solution. There is no need for the shaping of neighboring teeth. The implant mimics the natural anatomy of the tooth root, making sure the jaw and gums are properly stressed. The new tooth will function and look like its natural counterpart.|
|B. In case there are no supportive adjacent teeth, removable partial denture, connected via metal clasps, can be used. These clasps however may start to wear the connecting teeth and may result in the loss of said teeth.|
|Implantation is the best solution. Titanium screws are the artificial roots that will support the new dental crowns or bridges, while remaining completely invisible. There is no need for shape healthy teeth, cover with dental crowns or connect via clasps.|
|C. If you are missing all the teeth from your lower or upper jaw, in that case a set of full dentures is often used. The full dentures however, may cause discomfort and tend to get dislodged in the mouth.|
Don’t worry. The overdentures connected to implants permanently or via locks are safely fixed allowing you to smile, eat and talk without the worry of dislodging the prosthesis.
|Preconditions for implantation|
|Contraindications for implantation|
|Implantation surgery procedure|
The implantation is usually preformed using local anesthesia. The two part implantation surgery is performed as follows.An incision is made over the designated area and a hole will be drilled using precision drills to achieve the correct length and diameter of the hole where the implant will be placed. The gum will be sewn shut and given time to heal, 3-6 mouths for the upper jaw and 2-3 mouths for lower jaw. Surgical suture is removed after 12-14 days. After a period of healing, where the bone has successfully fused with the implant, the healing abutment is placed to shape the gum and the dental crown will be placed.
Depending on the situation and bone quality a healing abutment or temporarty implant crown is placed immediately during the operation to shape the gum. After a period of healing the final dental crown will be placed.
|Maintenance of implants|
Following the surgery there is a high risk of infection, a good oral hygiene must be maintained by cleaning the teeth and using antiseptic mouthwash. It is recommended to attend a post surgery check once every 3-6 months. A specially designed soft woven dental floss and interdental brush is used to clean the implants.The loss of an implant is often associated with inadequate oral hygiene.