What are implants?
Implants are titanium substitutes for the missing natural roots of teeth. They can replace one or more lost teeth and are used as posts of the dental crown. The implant procedure is completely painless and is conducted with a local anesthetic. After the implant procedure, it is necessary to wait 4-6 months for the osseointegration to occur, that is, for the implants to heal and fuse to the bone tissue. During this period the implants are covered with mucosa and do not feel like foreign objects. After the afore mentioned period gum shaping caps are set and dental impressions are made as well as permanent prosthetics.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
Each implant procedure is highly individual and demands thorough planning and analysis beforehand. After a detailed anamnesis (medical history) and the treatment plan has been completed, you will receive precise information on all the options which may suit you.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
In case you are missing only one tooth, there is no need to hone adjacent teeth and an implant would be the best option. An implant can just replace the missing tooth. If a bridge is impossible to make because there are no posterior teeth, implants are the only solution in order to avoid partial dentures. Provided that you already have total dentures which are unstable and make the masticatory process difficult, the placement of implants would make the retention of the dentures possible and more stable. Stabilized dentures make it possible for you to eat, speak and interact with comfort and confidence.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
Due to modern technology, dental implants have a high success rate of about 98%. The design and the surface structure of the dental implants witnessed many changes and have improved immensely over the last few years. With the right indication and a technically well-preformed procedure, success is guaranteed.
Are there any limitations for dental implants?
Yes, there are some limitations. If a patient has suffered significant bone loss, if the bone has been compromised or is just unsuitable for dental implants, you will probably need an additional procedure, bone grafting.
Are dental implants permanent?
Implants behave in the same way as natural teeth do. If you do not strain the implants and with the right oral hygiene, maintenance of oral as well as general health, over 95% of the implants last more than ten years. This is the reason why implantation is considered to increase the quality of life. It is important to state that, if you have implants, routine check-ups and correct dental hygiene are necessary.
Implants can replace:
- one tooth
- several teeth, to form a bridge
- all teeth in the jaw, as a fixed solution-bridge