Implants

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is used to replace a tooth that was lost. Its alternative is a bridge, which requires drilling of the adjacent teeth to replace the missing tooth. An artificial crown is soon made to fit the implant and functions as a normal tooth. If many teeth are missing, multiple implants can eliminate the need for dentures.

How long will the treatment last?
There are two phases: the first phase is the surgical phase in which the implant is placed into the bone for 2 months to allow for healing. Temporary teeth are used in the meantime, mainly for aesthetic reasons. This process is called “immediate loading” of the implants. The second phase is the short process of the actual crown fabrication. Therefore, the implant replaces the root of the tooth, while the crown replaces that part of the tooth which shows in the mouth.

In most cases, the treatment with dental implants can be completed in just a week (3 dental visits).
In any case, the protocol of our clinic is never leave the patient without teeth. Furthermore, even the temporary teeth are always fixed and still.

How long will the implant last?
With advances in the science of implant dentistry, you can now expect that most implants will function indefinitely. However, like any dental restoration, the teeth may wear or break and need to be repaired or replaced.

Cases

With advances in the science of implant dentistry, you can now expect that most implants will function indefinitely. 
Oral hygiene instructions are given to the patient after implant treatment is completed. The use of the interdental brush and the floss influences the prognosis of the implant treatment.
The re-evaluation of the implants every year is mandatory to prevent complications.
For the single implant case, the zirconia is the material of choice for the crown fabrication because of its excellent biocomatibility with the surrounding tissues (gums and bone) and the perfect esthetics.
Masticatory function, speech and quality of life are significantly improved with implant treatment compared to treatment with complete dentures.
Sometimes implant treatment is combined with conventional bridgework (all-ceramic crowns and veneers).
Usually six implants are enough to replace all teeth in a jaw (12-14 teeth).
In most cases the treatment with dental implants can be completed in just a week (3 dental visits).
Tooth replacement using an implant is the best option, since the bridge requires the drilling of the adjacent teeth. In this case, extraction of the tooth and implant placement performed in the morning and the tooth placed 8 hours later!
If many teeth are missing, multiple implants can eliminate the need for dentures.