It's impossible to imagine modern dentistry without dental implantology, as well as a complete functional and aesthetic rehabilitation of the patient’s mouth. Implantology, as a part of dentistry is a combination of prosthodontics and periodontal surgery. It has begun its development more than 50 years ago, while the implants with the present shape and characteristics have been placed into human jawbone from 1965. when prof.dr. P.I.Branemark had inserted the first implants surgically. Dental implantology and implantoprosthetics are the fastest and most quality developing branch of dentistry and medicine generally.
Live your life with implants
Teeth loss is a common problem, 30% of the world population suffers from complete loss of all natural teeth, while 80% miss at least one tooth. Since some of the traditional ways of treatment implies trimming of healthy remaining teeth in order to make a bridge, implant therapy appears as the only sensible way to treat teeth loss. When an entire tooth is lost – crown and root - shrinkage of the jawbone may occur making the face look older. Dental implants can stop this process. There are many ways to replace tooth crowns, but only dental implants can replace the entire tooth including both crown and root. Dental implants look, feel and function like your own natural teeth.
Dental implants are the permanent way for you to replace your missing teeth. Research and documentation show long-lasting results, and hundreds of thousands of people are now enjoying their new looks and their ability to laugh, speak and eat with confidence!
What is an implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and allowed to bond with the bone and serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implant supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a proven restorative option with a long clinical history. Dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the inconvenience associated with tooth loss.
Are dental implants for everybody?
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease, or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. If one, several or all teeth are missing, dental implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth. Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits that dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Implant treatment is not recommended to patients who suffer from serious heart disease, severe osteoporosis, uncontrolled diabetes, psychosis. If you are under eighteen, you must be examined to make sure you have finished growing before you can undergo implant treatment.
Why doesn’t my dentist do implants?Implantology is a very specific branch of dentistry. A dentist must be educated and skilled to do surgical or prosthetical part of implantoprosthetic treatment, or even both. This education takes time. Furthermore, dentist must be equipped with sophisticated instruments, devices and surgical and prosthetical components, which can cost a lot.
Are dental implants successful?
With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, crowns and bridges supported by Nobel Biocare and Astra Tech implants are highly successful. The statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95 percent for individual implants – even higher for the bridges they support. The unique design and the surface, Nobel Biocare’s TiUnite and Astra Tech’s Osseospeed Microthread give superior strength and ensure that the teeth stay securely in place.
The threads on the fixture anchor the implant and preserve the bone. This maintains the soft tissue contour which is important for a natural look. Most patients can expect implants to last a life time. The first patient received his dental implants 40 years ago and they are still functioning today.
And the pain..?
As implants are usually inserted under local anesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the surgery. The implants are placed in a very gentle fashion and care is taken to the various tissues involved. The treated area may be swollen for a few days afterwards, which could be slightly painful. In most cases an ordinary painkiller is all you may need to feel fine.
How long will the treatment take?
Treatment time will vary depending on your unique situation. Traditional protocol requires one- or two-staged procedure, waiting 3-6 months after the implant placement for the osseointegration, and then producing of the crown, bridge or prosthesis, therefore in some cases it may be necessary to wait a longer time period before finishing the restoration in order to obtain an optimal result.
Nowadays it is often possible to get well functioning and esthetic looking teeth within a few days, or even in a few hours! With the initial examination, the surgery, post surgery check-up, the prosthetic work and one recall, it normally takes about 4-6 visits until the treatment is completed.
How will I feel after the treatment?
It is normal to have some small bruises and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day. However, in some case when multiple implants are placed, if the bone augmentation is performed, after sinus lift procedure, the swelling and bruises may be larger and you can feel some bigger discomfort. Keep in mind that even that is absolutely normal.
If you would like to avoid even the slightest discomfort without a single day of sick leave, then there is a solution for you called NobelGuide surgery.
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What is Immediate Function™?
Why trim healthy neighboring teeth to substitute one missing tooth? Or have a Maryland bridge fixed to your adjacent teeth and chew with caution because it might fall off? Or even wear uncomfortable partial denture with clasps? You are not happy with your tooth which was filled numerous times, and which is dark and ugly? You don’t smile because of that tooth? Fast, esthetically and functionally very effective solution for your problem is an implant inserted on the place where you already miss the tooth or placed immediately after the extraction. Using appropriate implants and prosthetic components in just 2-3 hours you can have your tooth extracted, an implant inserted, temporary abutment and a temporary crown placed. This temporary crown will satisfy the esthetics and function until the final restoration is placed on the same implant.
With NobelGuide the placing of the implant, abutment and restorative crown or bridge is simultaneous. It is applicable to any patient indication, by using either conventional modeling or computer aided - 3D design – NobelGuide shows the dentist the exact position and depth of the implants before surgery.
This information enables Nobel Biocare or the lab to produce a surgical template which guides the flapless procedure from start to a completely successful placement.
Practically, this means beautiful teeth for you, our patient, in just one visit.
Maximun comfort based on flapless surgery, reducing pain and swelling
- Immediate cost saving built on Immediate Function, reducing costly time off from work
- Fast treatment combination of Immediate Function and a pre-made, temporary or final, prosthetic restoration ready at time of surgery radically shortens treatment time. Applying a final prosthetic solution means real "Teeth-in-an-Hour"
- Long and short term esthetics complete range of prosthetic possibilities based on Nobel Procera.