Dental implants, the most modern and aesthetic dental restorations
Dental implants are artificial restorations of missing teeth which are inserted in the jawbone. Dental implants are the most modern way to fill in missing teeth to whatever extent. It is also the most aesthetic solution among dental restorations for the patient.
Not only workmen have to screw
A dental implant is essentially a metal screw which is inserted in the bone to replace a missing tooth. After healing, it is covered with a crown, so the result is a full restoration of all functions of the tooth. Dental implants are made of titanium or a titanium alloy and usually have the shape of a screw, small plate or a cylinder.
A greater part of the implant, the fixture, is embedded in the jawbone, the smaller part forms a pillar in the oral cavity, on which an artificial crown or bridge is fixed.
Before the procedure
As with most dental procedures, perfect oral hygiene is very important. Enough bone tissue is also necessary for inserting dental implants. If there is not enough bone tissue, it has to be surgically transferred from another part of the oral cavity. This procedure is called augmentation. This preparation is necessary to ensure the stability of the implant and it also maintains the aesthetic qualities of your mouth. Implantation is a minor surgical intervention and thanks to modern anaesthetics it is a completely painless procedure. After an intraoral examination we evaluate the x-ray images and on the basis of the patient’s case history we decide, if the implant is a suitable solution in that case.
Our surgical procedures do not hurt
The whole procedure is performed under local anaesthesia which numbs the part of your oral cavity which is being operated for about two hours. We perform a small incision, which will uncover the bone at the place, where we want to insert the implant. Then we drill a hole in the bone with special rotary instruments adjusted for the chosen implant and we screw the implant in the hole. Finally, we sew the cut up and check that the implant has been inserted well by using x-ray. If there are no complications, this procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Taking care of dental implants
After the treatment it is important to take proper care of the dental implant, so that it could heal without any complications. An essential part of this care is dental hygiene and cleaning the implants with a special toothbrush and an interdental brush, or a dental floss. You can look at our consultation page for more detailed information regarding proper tooth cleaning.
During further visits, our dentist will also check the state of the implant and any possible complications, because only an effective and timely treatment can prevent the implant from being discharged from the body as a heterogeneous agent. The lifespan of dental implants is not limited in any way and in average after 10 years it retains more than 90 % of its functionality. Nevertheless, to preserve them for as long as possible you should avoid eating hard foods very often and take good care of your teeth.