What are dental implants?
A dental implant is nothing more than a metal screw that is placed into the jaw bone. It acts as an anchor for a false tooth or a set of false teeth. Implants replace missing teeth, including the roots.
Implants are made of titanium and are therefore readily accepted by the body without causing any allergic reactions. By placing natural stress on the bone cells in the same way as natural teeth do, implants prevent bone loss and gum recession following tooth loss – which provides a great cosmetic advantage. The comfort and longevity of tooth replacements through implants often show considerable advantages over conventional methods.
According to longitudinal studies, success rates are above 95%. As a result of advanced treatment methods, the risks are therefore very low. Basic requirements for implantation are an adequate bone supply with regard to quality and volume, good oral hygiene, and normal wound healing capacity. Before implantation, the natural teeth are rehabilitated, and any gum disease is treated and eliminated. Important guarantees of long-term successful implantation are conscientious oral hygiene and regular check-ups with the dentist.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Reduced mucous membrane coverage. This means that the sense of feeling and taste are not affected. Prosthesis are held securely. No more painful denture sores. You can feel secure, always and everywhere.
Excellent value. Good care and regular checks ensure implants are a reliable and long-term solution. A firm bite will help you to enjoy a varied diet. You also regain your self-confidence. Greater self-assurance and a better quality of life thanks to your positive effect on other people. Restore your facial structure Preserve surrounding bone (replace tooth root).
Restoring naturally beautiful, confident smiles means more than just restoring teeth, it means restoring and improving your quality of life. With dental implants, chewing and speech are restored or improved, and a permanent natural appearance is achieved.
When do implants make sense?
Single tooth restoration
Healthy neighboring teeth do not need to be ground down. An implant is a natural and inconspicuous solution that provides highly esthetic long-term benefits.
Partially edentulous – large gaps and shortened row of teeth
Implants lay the foundation for fixed bridges or single crowns so that removable replacements can be avoided.
Edentulous – toothless gums
Many people wearing dentures complain about the inaccurate fit of the denture and painful pressure lesions. Denture adhesives or mechanical connection elements are neither satisfactory nor long-term solutions.
Congenitally missing teeth
After bone growth has been completed, and following orthodontic treatment, single-tooth implants can be positioned without damaging adjacent teeth. Implants can bring relief – depending on your situation and wishes. Wearing comfort can be considerably increased by using several implants, going so far as a prosthesis that is completely supported by artificial roots.
What happens during implantation?
A dental implant is done under local anesthesia and is generally not at all painful. At the site chosen for implantation, the mucous membrane is moved aside and the implant position is prepared step by step to the individually required depth and width. After the implant has been inserted, the gum is sewn back into place and cooled to prevent excessive swelling. Then the healing phase begins, during which time there is no load on the implant. The healing phase lasts an average of two to three months for the lower jaw and four months for the upper jaw.
On the discoloured or crumbled teeth we make crowns, to replace the missing teeth we make bridges. They can be made of metal-ceramics or gold ceramics. At the first occasion after the preparing the teeth, the imprints you become a provisional crown or bridge. If you need any surgical treatment (extraction, root-apex resection, rootcanal-filling), it must be done before the prosthetic treatment.
We make a plan after controlling your panorama X-ray picture.
Fixed bridge combinated with partial prothesis
In that case, when you’ve got stable teeth but the number of these is not enough for a fix bridge and there’s no possibility of implantation, we combine it with a partial prothesis. The prothesis can join to the crowns with a clip, with patent fastener, with slide or with telescope-crowns. The treatment-time is individual depending on the type of prothesis.
In a total toothless mouth we make removable prothesis, if there’s no possibility to implant.
In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. Take painkillers and antibiotics as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
The following tips will help speed your recovery:
- Normal reactions after surgery: individual amount of swelling, pain, jaw-lock, sensitivity and some bleeding on the first day.
- While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite the inside of your cheek or lip, or your tongue. When the impact of the anaesthesia has passed (in about 2-3 hours) you may eat. Avoid hot and spicy food and drinks as well as milk products (yogurt, cream, cheese, milk, etc) in the few day following surgery.
- Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue or touching it with your fingers.
- Do not lie flat. This may prolong swelling. Prop up your head with pillows.
- Use an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours, for a maximum of 10 minutes every hour.
- Relax after surgery. Avoid physical activity, sports, sauna, etc. as it may increase bleeding and swelling.
- On the day of surgery, brush your teeth avoiding the surgical area. From the second day on, pay extra attention to brushing that area with a soft toothbrush!
- Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your surgery, and try to cut down on smoking in the following weeks as well. Smoking delays healing, decreases the blood supply and can bring germs and contaminants to the surgery area.
- Checkup and stitch-removal is one week later.
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