WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Dental implantation is basically an artificial replacement of a tooth’s roots.
Implants are artificial “roots” which integrate perfectly into the jaw bone, providing a stable foundation for a removable or fixed tooth restoration.
Dental implants are made of titanium, a material which can replace the function of a real root. The abutment and various restorations are fixed upon this foundation later. The high-purity titanium material is perfectly tissue-friendly, and makes it possible for the implant to attach securely to the bone tissue. In dental implantation, we use implants by Nobel Biocare.
This technology can be used where one or more teeth are missing, or even in the case of complete toothlessness.
THE PROCESS OF IMPLANTATION
Generally speaking, an implantation procedure doesn’t last any longer and is nothing more unpleasant than a tooth extraction.
It is advised to eat before the surgery, because you won’t be able to eat again until the effect of the anesthetic has worn off.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is usually painless, thanks to the use of the most modern anesthetic substances and technologies. If you do feel pain during the procedure, please let us know immediately!
During the implantation, a titanium implant is inserted into the bone.
The surgery is completed by placing the sutures. We evaluate each case individually: the implant can be allowed to heal by covering it with gum tissue, in which case the implant is exposed later during a second procedure. In this case a healing cap is screwed on, which helps to shape the gums around the implant.
In other cases, the healing cap is mounted at the time of inserting the implant.
If you feel the healing cap loosening or falling off, please contact your dentist immediately.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER DENTAL IMPLANTATION
The end result (after the abutment is placed on the implant) is a new tooth that looks exactly like the real thing – it is worth the inconvenience.
You shouldn’t eat after the intervention until the effect of the anesthetic wears off, although drinking fluids is allowed.
The gums or face can swell up to a varying degree following the surgery, you might feel some (more or less) aching, and a slight bluish discolouration of the skin is also possible. These signs will disappear in a few days.
Cooling the area can also alleviate these unpleasant symptoms. For this, apply facial cream first to the region that needs cooling, then wrap a cooling gel pack in a piece of cloth, and place it on the area for 5 minutes – repeat the cooling several times with 5 minutes pauses in between.
In some cases you might need antibiotics and painkillers in the days following the surgery: your treating dentist will decide about this after the procedure. If antibiotics are prescribed, it’s recommended to take probiotics along with it to prevent gastrointestinal side effects.
In the first two weeks, the affected area should only be cleaned by rinsing or with a soft (surgical) toothbrush.
The chances of post-operative complications can be significantly reduced by keeping a strict oral hygiene routine after the procedure.
It’s recommended to rinse with Curasept ADS 220 solution twice a day after brushing.
Use the solution in a concentrated form, rinse for at least 1 minute and then do not rinse your mouth afterwards.
Removal of sutures
Sutures are usually removed 7-14 days after the intervention. In certain cases you may be called back for a wound cleaning and control appointment.
Soft, easily chewable foods are recommended in the days following implantation.
SURGICAL RISKS OF DENTAL IMPLANTATION
Just as any surgery, implantation can have its risks. In very rare cases, blood vessel, nerve or sinus cavity damage, inflammation of the implant, and – in case of inadequate ossification – loss of the implant can occur. It is still possible to repeat the implantation even in the latter case, after reconstructive surgery and a healing period. We recommend our clients to wear a temporary bonded restoration during the implant healing period, because removable restorations can cause bone resorption with the pressure applied to the surgical area.
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NO RISKS ON YOUR SIDE – WE OFFER A GUARANTEE PERIOD
We give 10 years of guarantee for all of our implants!
What do you need to do for this?
The most important conditions for maintaining the validity of the guarantee include: proper intended use of the dental prosthesis, following your treating dentist’s instructions, keeping good oral hygiene and scheduling an oral hygiene treatment every 6 months.
You also need to attend a check-up appointment every six months and an annual X-ray examination for control.
We use Replace implants from Nobel Biocare®, one of the most trusted and well-documented product assortment in the world.
We believe in the importance of patient information, as giving accurate instructions to follow can make a big difference to the outcome of a procedure. You can read and download our patient information leaflet here, which will hopefully be helpful.
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLETS
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