DENTAL IMPLANTS INSERTION – IMPLANTOLOGY
Let’s talk about making up for missing teeth…
There are several dental solutions. The aesthetic and functional option that stands out from the crowd with its benefits is a DENTAL IMPLANT.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS REALLY?
Dental implants are the most long-term and most adequate substitute for a tooth root.
Dental implants are:
– designed to last a lifetime.
– all the manufacturers have one thing in common. – The material implants are made of is TITANIUM. This bio-compatible, bio-inert material does not cause any allergic or foreign object reactions.
TOOTH LOSS PROBLEMS
Due to tooth loss, primarily speech is jeopardized since the pronunciation of certain sounds is completely altered. It also gives you hard time with eating, and with that comes digestion, Add to this the aesthetics which is equally important as is the functional role of our teeth. We all notice how tooth loss causes a complete alteration to face features.
WHY IMPLANTS AND NOT CROWNS AND BRIDGES?
Since tooth loss also entails bone or rather alveolar ridge resorption, both in the upper and lower jaws, implants are the only ones to stimulate the bone. This is how we prevent bone loss in our mouth. This is precisely the main advantage of this dental intervention.
DENTAL IMPLANTS BENEFITS
IMPLANTS SUPPORT SURROUNDING TEETH, PRESERVE INTERDENTAL RELATIONS
A gap in the mouth caused by a missing tooth can lead to teeth shifting on both sides of the gap, which can lead to disharmony. Dental implants and subsequent prosthodontics fill in the gap, making it possible for you to have and maintain a perfect smile for a long time.
ENABLE NATURAL SPEECH
Missing teeth, as well as unstable prostheses, can significantly alter your speech. Since dental implants work like natural teeth, they enable you to speak easily and sound natural.
RENEW YOUR BITING FORCE
Since implants are anchored in your jaw so they stand-in for the root, they enable you to bite with more or less the same force which you would use with your natural teeth. Other tooth substitute options do not renew your biting force since they sit on top of your gums and are not anchored into your bone.
PREVENT CHANGES IN FACE SHAPE
The shape of your teeth in the jaw creates your face structure. With teeth loss, this support to the physiognomy of your face is altered. Tooth loss can cause your face to change shape, making you look strange or older. Dental implants offer your face similar support as your natural teeth, preventing it from changing shape.
PRESERVE SURROUNDING TEETH C, since surrounding healthy teeth do not get filed down
The first step in the dental implant insertion procedure is making an individual treatment plan.
An obligatory part of the intervention planning is a 3D X-Ray that shows your dentist the precise bone size, and also the width and height of the ridge (upper or lower jaw) as well as the proximity of different anatomic structures. These are the mandibular nerve, mental foramen, maxillary sinus, nasal cavity, and others.
Based on the clinical examination and a 3D X-Ray it is determined what implant would suit best and what prosthodontics could be attached to such an implant.
Together with the patient, we agree on, design, and create an individual and the best possible solution for the existing problem.
IMPLANT INSERTION PROCEDURE IS PERFORMED IN TWO STAGES.
The first stage of implant insertion is the surgical intervention itself. The very procedure is considered to be surgical intervention. Although this sounds scary, it is a short routine procedure. Implant insertion is performed in local anesthesia and it is completely painless.
The post-operational stage is mostly the same as with any surgical intervention. The pain experienced after surgery is controlled by analgetics. Temporary, mild swelling is treated with cold compresses (packs). In approximately 95% of cases, patients are fully able to get back to their everyday activities after 24 hours.
After implant insertion, osseointegration (the implant grows into the bone) occurs. The osseointegration in the upper jaw can last up to 4-6 months. The lower jaw osseointegration lasts approximately 3 months.
The second phase also understands opening the implants in local anesthesia and taking a mold for definitive prosthodontics. Whether fixed prosthodontics (not removable) or a mobile one will be attached depends on the number of implants as well as the remaining teeth in your jaw.
When we say fixed prosthodontics, we mean crowns and bridges which are cemented on implants and are not removable. However, today we can have fixed prosthodontics that are not removable but can be removed by a dentist. Those are fixed-detachable crowns and bridges. This enables a detailed cleaning of all spaces in the mouth, which patients can not perform on their own. After cleaning, the prosthodontics is re-attached to the patient’s mouth.
FIXED OR MOBILE PROSTHODONTICS
Apart from the number of implants, the implant positioning factor also influences the type of prosthodontics (fixed or mobile). Sometimes with toothless patients only four or six implants so-called all on 4 or all on 6) in certain positions are enough to make prosthodontics that will be utterly stable to hold the chewing force.
If, however, the mouth does not contain enough bone to insert more than two implants, prostheses are a definitive prosthodontic solution to the problem. They are attached to the implants with special connections – attachments – that are located inside the prosthesis. These kinds of prostheses are extremely stable and reliable.
CAN ANYONE HAVE A DENTAL IMPLANT INSERTED
The implant insertion success rate is 97%.
What is imperative for implant insertion is the good general and oral health of the patient.
Counter-indications as such do not exist, except with radiation and chemotherapy patients. Caution is needed with patients whose immune system is completely compromised, those who suffer from renal insufficiency or have had a heart attack recently. It is also very important to stress that uncontrolled diabetes or chronic auto-immune diseases are a relative counter-indication. Taking certain medications can also influence osseointegration (for instance, corticosteroids or immunosuppressants).
In the aforementioned cases, a more detailed analysis is done, after which a decision, as well as a compromise between objective possibilities and the patient’s desire regarding implants, are made.
DENTAL IMPLANTS MAINTENANCE
What is extremely important after implant insertion and later on – after the attachment of some kind of prosthodontics is oral hygiene.
All the articles in which you have read that implants: do not have to be maintained have a life-long guarantee etc. are simply not true.
Quite the contrary, it is of extreme importance to maintain your oral hygiene and use interdental toothbrushes. They reach spaces that are not possible to brush with your regular toothbrush and thus clean all spaces from dental plaque (calculus). It is also advisable to use a mouthwash as well as to pay regular visits to your dentist, for a check-up.
Apart from the all afore-stated, there are devices in the market (Water pick) that help significantly with the correct oral hygiene maintenance.
UPDENT DENTAL PRACTICE
If you need an option for tooth replacement, you should definitely consider dental implants as one. In order to find out whether you are an adequate candidate for a dental implant, UpDent dental practice is at your disposal for any consultation you may need.
We are proud to say our dental implant insertion services are one of the major reasons why each year we host so many of our foreign clients through the Dental Tourism Belgrade services.
Call us and together we will find the best solution for a smile you have always wanted to have.