There are many advantages to the implant compared to the dental bridge, but two are the most important:
- No dental work is needed on the adjacent teeth
- Atrophy and bone reduction at the site of the lost tooth is prevented.
After tooth extraction, the surrounding bone tends to reduce. By putting an implant, masticatory forces are transferred on the surrounding bone, similarly to that of a natural tooth, which gives the bone the stimulus to break down and regenerate continuously and to “live” as if it were supporting a natural tooth.
Have you ever felt your denture moving? Has it been unstable? You will never experience that with dental implants. Why are implants so stable? Because a titanium implant is incorporated into the jaw bone and acts as a root of your new tooth, creating an extremely strong anchor that supports a prosthetic replacement in the form of a lost tooth. In our practice, we only use implants of the highest standard, which show the best results in long-term clinical trials.
Even in cases where there is not enough bone, there are methods that can replace the bone, making it suitable for implant placement.
For example, when making a dental bridge, in order to replace only one tooth, we have to reshape two adjacent teeth. If the adjacent teeth are not vital or have large fillings, that is not such a problem. However, even in such cases, the patient is often advised to opt for an implant to preserve the bone and to ease the maintenance of dental hygiene.
Dental implants – types of therapy
If you are missing only one tooth, one implant is the ideal solution. If you are missing more than one tooth and the surrounding teeth are healthy, it is best to have multiple implants installed.
The options for dental implant therapy types are almost endless. You can replace one tooth, several teeth, or the entire row of upper or lower teeth.
What are the indications and contraindications for dental implants?
Dental implants are indicated when one or more teeth are missing. Contraindications are generally associated with certain systemic diseases (e.g. osteoporosis) and smoking.
What if I do not have enough bone for a dental implant?
As part of the digital phase of implant therapy, CBCT imaging gives us a precise insight into the volume of your existing bone. This allows the dentist to accurately measure and plan the length and diameter of the implant. If there is not enough bone mass, it can be increased by augmentation.
We believe that the diagnosis, planning and integration of implants are just as important, or even more important, than the implant procedure itself. Therefore, before any procedure, we plan all the steps of the treatment to create your new smile.
This approach allows us to plan the ideal position of the future implant and the best time for its placement in the treatment plan. This way, the procedure is precise, predictable and safe.
Interested in the process of implant placement? Dr. Livio Sandev has prepared a step-by-step description of the process so that you become better acquainted with the operation that will bring you the perfect smile and restore confidence.
When you decide you want to have dental implants, the first thing you should do is have a thorough examination of the mouth and the width of alveolar ridges. An implantation plan is based on X-ray and 3D CBCT images, as well as photographs or videos. We determine the position, shape and size of your future teeth, based on which we decide on the ideal position and type of individual implant.
In this step, you will receive a treatment plan, with detailed information on planned procedures, risks, alternative solutions, and costs.
The placement of an implant usually takes thirty minutes and it is completely painless.
When placing the implant which could be visible when smiling, we place a provisional tooth on the implant, a temporary plastic tooth that you will be asked to wear during the healing phase. This will help you adjust to the new tooth, which will be installed at your next visit. The healing phase usually lasts for about three months, and is followed by the placement of an abutment and a dental crown on the implant.
When doing the augmentation of the jaws or augmentation of the sinuses of the upper jaw, the so-called sinus lift, the healing phase is extended to a maximum of six to eight months. In the most difficult cases, the healing phase lasts for twelve months.
After three months, a dental crown is placed on the implant.
A new impression of your teeth is taken and sent to the dental laboratory. In the lab, a model is cast using the impression, which is an exact replica of your jaw. It provides the ideal biological, structural and functional conditions to create your new dental crown which will be placed on the implant.
Now is the time to try the dental crown in. The crown can be made of ceramics or metal-ceramics. When the substitute fits perfectly, we can start installing it.
Implant placement is a completely painless procedure performed under local anaesthesia.
“I had a huge fear of dentists. All these fears and delays led me to become a true candidate for implant therapy. Fortunately, I ‘ran into’ Petra and Livio, who are brilliant people and great dentists. Little by little, they dealt with my fears and mistrust, starting with easier procedures until we came to the implant phase. The implant placement procedure was completely painless, both during and after the procedure. ”
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