Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is the closest permanent type of restoration to your natural tooth.

It is an artificial root that is meant to replace the natural root of a missing tooth or teeth. It represents the foundation for a future restoration as a crown or bridge, or even able to support dentures.

The dental implant is made of titanium alloy, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the human body does not perceive the dental implant as a foreign object into the jaw bone. This minimises the risk of implant rejection or implant failure.

As part of the healing process the dental implant gets to be welded into the jaw bone by a process called osseointegration.

The outcome will be a strong new artificial root ready to support any type of restoration from a crown to a bridge or a denture.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is the closest permanent type of restoration to your natural tooth.

It is an artificial root that is meant to replace the natural root of a missing tooth or teeth. It represents the foundation for a future restoration as a crown or bridge, or even able to support dentures.

The dental implant is made of titanium alloy, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the human body does not perceive the dental implant as a foreign object into the jaw bone. This minimises the risk of implant rejection or implant failure.

As part of the healing process the dental implant gets to be welded into the jaw bone by a process called osseointegration.

The outcome will be a strong new artificial root ready to support any type of restoration from a crown to a bridge or a denture.

Does it hurt?

Although it might sound frightening the actual procedure does not hurt. It is an absolute pain free procedure executed under local anaesthesia.

For extremely nervous patients the treatment can be executed under conscious sedation if necessary.

How is done?

The treatment is generally executed in two stages as  the surgical (when the titanium root is placed into the jaw bone) and the restorative(when the crown/bridge or denture get to be fitted on top of the implant).

In between the surgical and the restorative stage there is a waiting healing time of three to six months depending on each clinical case. In some circumstances a temporary type of restoration can be used to restore the implants at the same session when they are placed and therefore the patients are not toothless at any point during the treatment  until the final restoration is delivered.

The dental implant is made of titanium which is a biocompatible material. This means that the human body does not sense the presence of a foreign object into the jaw bone. This minimises the risk of implant rejection or implant failure.

The entire procedure is perceived by the human body as a wound that the body throughout the physiological means is starting the healing process. As part of the healing process the dental implants gets to be welded into the bone by a process called osseointegration.

The outcome will be a strong new artificial root ready to support any type of restoration from a crown to a bridge or a denture.

How it can be used?

Dental implants can be used in cases of one or more missing teeth, also when all the teeth are missing.

For one missing tooth the implant is used as a root to support a crown restoration.

When more teeth are missing a minimum of two dental implants can be used to support a bridge replacing all the missing teeth. For larger gaps a higher number of implants have to be used.

In the case of all teeth are missing(fully edentulous) then implants can be used to retain/support dentures, offering a stable denture restoration.

A great benefit for the patients suffering with severe gag reflex is that implants supported dentures are available as a palate free denture.

How it can be used?

Dental implants can be used in cases of one or more missing teeth, also when all the teeth are missing.

For one missing tooth the implant is used as a root to support a crown restoration.

When more teeth are missing a minimum of two dental implants can be used to support a bridge replacing all the missing teeth. For larger gaps a higher number of implants have to be used.

In the case of all teeth are missing(fully edentulous) then implants can be used to retain/support dentures, offering a stable denture restoration.

A great benefit for the patients suffering with severe gag reflex is that implants supported dentures are available as a palate free denture.

Are implants for everyone?

Generally dental implants are suitable for any adult.

Although they might not be suitable in some cases of associated systemic condition or specific medication. Therefore a thorough preliminary assessment is required.

Is my bone strong enough to take an implant?

The jaw bone is important when we talk about dental implants as it represents the supporting structure of the dental implant.

The dental implants come in various size, although a minimal amount of bone is necessary to allow for the dental implant to be placed.

In the cases of insufficient bone volume, bone grafting procedures are available as to enhance the bone volume and to allow for implant placement.

There are a variety of products that can be used for bone enhancement as:

  • The patient’s own bone harvested from the other area of the mouth
  • Animal(porcine/bovine) bone origin, that goes through a very rigorous sterilising procedure and serving as a matrix or scaffold and induce natural human bone growth
  • Artificial bone substitute
  • Platelet rich factors (PRF) which uses the patient’s blood to create a stable blood clot enriched with growth factors that are meant to regenerate the bone

The quality and the volume of the bone can be assessed preliminary to the dental implant placement.

Benefits of dental implants:

  • Help prevent gradual bone deterioration as they mirror the action of the original root, transmitting chewing forces to the jaw bone in a natural way
  • Help maintain the health of the bone and keep the jaw in shape. This is not the case with conventional methods, such as bridges or partial prosthesis
  • Unlike a conventional bridge, the healthy neighbouring teeth remain intact without having to be ground down to support the implant
  • Doesn’t require extensive care
  • On healing, implants merge with the body and act like a natural tooth root
  • An implant-borne restoration looks exactly like a natural tooth and implants are comfortable and convenient
  • Allow you to regain your quality of life – say goodbye to negative experiences associated with missing teeth, such as self-consciousness, insecurity, and permanent discomfort caused by ill-fitting dentures

Benefits of dental implants:

  • Help prevent gradual bone deterioration as they mirror the action of the original root, transmitting chewing forces to the jaw bone in a natural way
  • Help maintain the health of the bone and keep the jaw in shape. This is not the case with conventional methods, such as bridges or partial prosthesis
  • Unlike a conventional bridge, the healthy neighbouring teeth remain intact without having to be ground down to support the implant
  • Doesn’t require extensive care
  • On healing, implants merge with the body and act like a natural tooth root
  • An implant-borne restoration looks exactly like a natural tooth and implants are comfortable and convenient
  • Allow you to regain your quality of life – say goodbye to negative experiences associated with missing teeth, such as self-consciousness, insecurity, and permanent discomfort caused by ill-fitting dentures

How long do they last?

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and therefore the dental implant restoration might require further attention or in some cases even replacement.

Although dental implants restoration are very reliable for as long as they are cared for

Can implants fail?

Implants rarely do fail.

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Implantology is now so advanced that failures owing to rejection or functional problems are rare.

What causes for dental implants to fail?

Smoking inhibits blood flow and affects the healing process after implant surgery. Even after the implant has successfully integrated with the bone, smoking can cause inflammation, infection and ultimately, lead to implant failure.

Oral hygiene plays a key factor for long term success of the dental implants restorations.

Keeping your mouth clean will prevent gums inflammation, infection and subsequently gum disease.

This condition refers  to natural teeth and can affect the dental implants.

Due to bacterial infill under the gingival level the jaw bone starts to recede from around the roots of the natural teeth and dental implants leading  to mobility and failure of the teeth or dental implants.

What causes for dental implants to fail?

Smoking inhibits blood flow and affects the healing process after implant surgery. Even after the implant has successfully integrated with the bone, smoking can cause inflammation, infection and ultimately, lead to implant failure.

Oral hygiene plays a key factor for long term success of the dental implants restorations.

Keeping your mouth clean will prevent gums inflammation, infection and subsequently gum disease.

This condition refers  to natural teeth and can affect the dental implants.

Due to bacterial infill under the gingival level the jaw bone starts to recede from around the roots of the natural teeth and dental implants leading  to mobility and failure of the teeth or dental implants.