Dental implants are biocompatible titanium substitutes for extracted teeth. They are implanted in the upper or lower jawbone. Considering that the lack of even a single tooth disrupts the functioning of the entire masticatory system and can seriously affect facial appearance, every tooth must be replaced.
Implants allow us to replace the missing tooth and establish functional oral integrity without preparation of the adjacent teeth. They can replace one or more teeth, as well as serve as a solid base for mobile dentures. Depending, of course, on the condition of the mouth.
Considering that the implant is placed inside the jawbone, which requires a good knowledge of surgical principles and tissue anatomy and physiology, this is a somewhat more serious procedure. It is much simpler if you still have a fair amount of bone tissue in the area where tooth loss occurred, but if tooth loss occurred a long time ago or there was a severe tooth infection in the area where you want to put implants, the bone volume may be insufficient to enable implantation. Considering that, in the posterior upper teeth, the pneumatisation of the sinusoidal cavity also occurs along with bone resorption, after several years, there can remain only a few millimetres of bone in that the affected area. Even in these cases, there are solutions, such as bone augmentation and the “sinus lift”.
Pre-treatment requires detailed oral examination and panoramic X- RAYS of both jaws. After implant insertion, further procedure is postponed for about 2-3 months for the lower jaw and 3-4 months for the upper jaw, in order to maintain proper bone healing and implant integration.
After this period, the implant is opened and provided with an extension for the shaping of the gums (a gingiva former). Approximately ten days later, impressions are taken and, based on the model, a dental crown, bridge or denture is made. In order for any one of these to be as faithful a replica of your teeth as possible, it is necessary to carry out several trials. After checking its functioning and aesthetic appearance, the dental crown, bridge or denture can be attached to the implant, to allow you to continue enjoying your smile.
Considering that there are more than 1700 implant manufacturers on the market today, it is very important that the patients know exactly which implant they are getting, since there are big differences between them – regarding their price, as well as their quality and the materials they are made from. They can be divided into three groups: Premium-, Medium- and Low-Cost implants.
Our dental clinic has worked with ASTRA IMPLANTS for over 10 years, with very successful results. They are among the top 10 implants worldwide.
Once again, we emphasize the importance of replacing lost teeth for many reasons. For further information, contact us and make an appointment.