WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A dental implant is the perfect substitute for a missing tooth. It is used when you’re looking for a permanent solution and it really does feel just like one of your natural teeth – only it lasts longer!
Dental implants are titanium rods or screws embedded into your jawbone. They are also biocompatible, meaning there’s no risk of allergy. After the insertion of a dental implant, an extension (also called an abutment) is then secured to it, so a new dental crown can be placed on it.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
There are, indeed. We use two types of dental implants, both of them from worldwide leaders in the field.
The German Meissinger My Plant II system, with its two-phase titanium implant provides high stability and limits all micro-movement. It’s naturally bacteria free and has got a track record of exceptionally long-term success.
Straumann, dental specialists from the US, built their reputation on pioneering innovation supported by scientific research. The Straumann Dental Implant System provides both the implantologist and the patient with flexibility and freedom of choice.
WHAT COMES ON TOP OF THE IMPLANT?
Again, there are two options.
A dental crown is a porcelain cap made from pure ceramic and is placed on top of a tooth, being carefully placed over a natural tooth or dental implant. Using our brand new modern lab, we either create your crown using a 3D machine and a dental milling machine or it is tailor-made by hand. It will look and feel just like natural teeth and be even stronger!
All-on-four or all-on-six are both very popular and cost-effective methods if you’re missing more than one tooth or are looking for a complete reconstruction. Four or six dental implants are placed in the far corners of your mouth where bone density is higher and a fixed prosthesis with 10 to 14 teeth is placed upon them. The result? Well, you won’t believe your eyes.
WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT LOOK LIKE?
Well, a dental implant usually takes three visits, but thanks to our brand-new laboratory, you’ll only have to visit us a couple of times to get full treatment.
At our dental clinic, your initial examination as well as an up-to-date x-ray are both free of charge. This is also important as we’re able to tell if your bone is strong enough to support a dental implant. If this is the case, a bone graft or sinus lift are performed.
Afterwards, it’s time to act.
First an extension is inserted into the bone, which makes sure the dental implant remains fixed and serves as the root for your brand-new tooth. The actual implant is placed on top of the extension,. Obviously, all this is done using local anaesthesia, so the adage, no pain no gain doesn’t apply anymore.
At most dental clinics, you’d have to wait for up to six months until your dental implant is healed and ready for the second part. However, with the specialists, materials and technology we use, we’re able to cut it down to half.
When we meet again after one to three months, we create a dental crown based on an imprint. Again, it typically takes up to 3 weeks to shape a dental crown, but in our expert in-house laboratory, it only takes minutes! This means you don’t have to visit for a third time, but it also means that once the dental crown is placed on top of the implant, we’re done.
That’s right! Quickly, efficiently and for prices you’ll love – that’s how we do it.
MEET OUR CHIEF IMPLANTOLOGIST
Dental implants are what we specialise in and for the purpose, we have carefully selected some of the best implantologists in Central Europe.
Yet, just like there’s always a chef in the kitchen, there’s also one outstanding professional in our team. Meet Martin Kafka, M.Sc.
HAVE YOU MENTIONED PROBLEMS WITH BONES?
Yes, your bone may not be strong enough to support a dental implant or it may be missing altogether. Fortunately, there’s a quick fix for that! Bone grafting is a predictable and painless procedure and in all but the most extreme cases, it only involves a minimal invasive intervention.
The graft most often used today comes from processed bone that has been harvested from animals. It’s called a xenograft and is generally comprised only of the mineral content of natural bone. It’s also been sterilised and all of its organic material has been removed.
And the best news is, bone grafting is so simple, it can easily be managed in an outpatient setting!
|Anesthesia||Local or General Anaesthesia|
|Treatment Time||1-3 hour|
|Number of Visits||1-2 visits|
( Installing the crown over implant is about 3 months after the first visit )
|Time Away||1 + nights|
IS THERE A GUARANTEE?
We put a 5-year guarantee on everything we do, but with dental implants, we trust ourselves enough to guarantee ten years of satisfaction.
Also, there’s one more general rule that applies: a dental implant feels and works just like a natural tooth, it only lasts much longer. Which is fair enough, isn’t it?
I am a heart patient.
If you’re a heart patient, getting even small medical procedures can be a major problem. However, a much less invasive approach to dental implant procedures now allows heart patients to face far less complications. Still, we strongly advise you to consult your doctor before the procedure.
I am pregnant.
First of all, congratulations! As for dental implants, pregnancy is not an obvious contraindication to placing them, but it is best to avoid it while you are pregnant. We need to take X-rays, and even though the radiation from dental X rays is negligible, it is best to avoid it, too. Also, medication needs to be given to you which may or may not be suited for pregnancy. So, if it’s not an emergency, let’s just wait until after your baby is born.
I suffer from diabetes.
Diabetes was historically considered a possible risk factor for the placement of dental implants. That is because diabetes alters bone formation and compromises wound healing, among other issues. However, recent studies show dental implants are perfectly safe for patients with diabetes and there is no association between elevated blood sugar and implant complications.
I think I might be too old.
While there is a myth that implants are not effective for older people, these devices work for the aged just as well as they do for younger patients. Osteoporosis is a condition that many old people suffer, but does not compromise their candidacy for dental implants. In fact, an 85-year old person can benefit from implants even in cases of bone loss.