Dental implants are the best way to bring you back your smile after losing teeth which is a common consequence of gum disease, aging and oral trauma. Teeth replacement must be done for aesthetical and functional reasons. In a large number of cases, dental implants are the only logical solution for a complete functional restoration of the teeth and supporting structures.
With a success rate of 93-98 %, implant placement is one of the safest procedures in dental medicine.
What are implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth roots which are surgically placed and integrated in the jawbones. Their goal is to replace dysfunctional or missing natural teeth roots.
Dental implants are manufactured from biocompatible titanium which fuses with the bone perfectly in a process called osseointegration. They consist of : titanium bolt (screw, cylinder), abutment (a special attachment that connects the bolt to the external part) and a tooth crown or prosthetic denture.
Who should have an implant?
- Anyone who has lost one or more teeth
- People who want to restore their appearance, chewing or speech ability
- People with dysfunctional dentures or long-term denture wear
In cases with high alveolar bone or non-suitable bone structure, it’s recommended to perform a bone augmentation procedure (bone grafting) in order to accommodate implants. If you meet all the criteria for implants above, dr. Gino Tafra will be happy to discuss the various treatment options that are available, perform the initial examination and create a 3D diagnostic analysis (Orthopan).
PRGF Endoret technology
Valdent Dental Clinic uses PRGF Endoret technology for post-extraction procedure in patients with periodontal defects for it improves bone and soft tissue healing in the bone preparation phase of the implant placement treatment.
This method requires a small amount of blood which is drawn right before the procedure itself. The blood is then centrifuged in order to get the patient’s own blood protein concentrate. Using patient’s own blood cells speeds up the healing process, reduces infection and avoids allergic reactions and possible blood clotting.
Dental implant placement procedure
Dental implant placement is performed under local anaesthesia which makes it a completely painless procedure.
Step 1. Tooth extraction (if the tooth isn’t extracted or missing already)
Step 2. Titanium bolt (screw, cylinder) is inserted into a prepared bony socket in the jaw. It then begins fusing with the surrounding bone (osseointegration process) which takes 3-6 months. After this time, the implant is stable enough to support one or more false teeth. Dental implants are manufactured from biocompatible titanium that encourages bone regeneration.
Step 3. In the case of implant’s primary stability during the healing process, the patient can also carry a temporary dental crown.
When the surrounding bone marrow fuses with the implant and, therefore, secures a stable root for a false tooth, a gingiva-former is placed on top of the implant. It then acts as a gum replacement which will create a solid base and connect the implant to its external part.
Step 4. 10-15 days after the osseointegration process had finalized and the gingiva-former finished its healing process, an abutment is placed on top of the implant with a crown, bridge or prosthetic denture cemented on top of it. That makes the implant placement procedure complete.
In the case of only ONE missing tooth, the procedure is simplified due to the fact that the surrounding teeth stay completely intact.
In the case of more missing teeth, dental implants act as a “foundation” for a bridge made out of connected dental crowns or even the patient’s natural teeth.