Implant treatment is the most effective method for a complete restoration of dentition. Patients who have decided to get dental implants praise their comfort and appearance. By deciding to get your implants at DENTestetica Kraków, you are guaranteed to receive top-quality service and professional care at all stages of the treatment.
What is a tooth implant?
Dental implant is a small titanium screw that is embedded in the jawbone. Its job is to replace the natural root of the tooth that the patient has lost. Dental implants replace individual missing teeth or function as pillars for larger reconstructions – bridges or snap-on dentures. In our clinic, implant treatment is performed only by doctors with second degree specialization in dental surgery or periodontology.
Why is it worth it?
Because dental implants act like natural teeth roots and prevent further bone loss. From the medical point of view, they are one of the best methods currently used. The main advantages of dental implants include: high comfort of use, improved quality of life, the possibility of giving up on removable dentures, no need to file down healthy teeth adjacent to the gap and aesthetic appearance.
Implant vs. bridge - which method is better?
Two methods are usually recommended to replace missing teeth: a bridge or an implant. The bridge is a combination of several crowns (tooth imitations), some of which are fixed on the patient’s teeth forming pillars and some replace the missing teeth. To anchor the bridge, it is necessary to file down the patient’s healthy teeth. In the case of a dental implant, there is no such necessity. The function of an implant is to imitate the root of the tooth, which prevents bone atrophy following tooth loss. Compared to the price of a bridge, the cost of an implant may seem higher at first, but it is a worthwhile investment for the patient in the long run.
Cost of dental implants
Implants are considered to be one of the most expensive methods of replacing missing teeth. The price of a single dental implant with a crown may indeed exceed the cost of other solutions, but implant treatment is more cost-effective in the long run. It does not require any intervention in the teeth adjacent to the missing ones. It prevents bone atrophy, which may occur after tooth loss. At the same time, each implant may serve as support for a larger prosthetic work in the future. The price of the entire treatment depends mainly on the chosen system of implantation, the condition of patient’s jawbone (which may require the need for additional procedures) and the type of prosthetic crowns.
What is dental implant treatment?
Appropriate dental implant treatment is always preceded by a consultation with the doctor, followed by radiological diagnostics. The purpose is to evaluate the condition of jawbone in the area where the implant is to be placed, as well as to assess the patient’s health status and identify possible contraindications to the surgery.
The first step involves inserting a titanium screw into the jawbone. The surface of the screw is covered with a special, extremely porous substance, thanks to which the implant becomes permanently integrated into the bone. Titanium is a bioinert material, it does not cause sensitization or interact with the magnetic field. Patients with dental implants can safely undergo e.g. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
The process of integration of the implant with the bone lasts from 4 to 6 months. Our patients have temporary tooth or teeth fitted for this time, which gives them comfort and makes the healing process easier. This period is followed by another stage of the treatment, during which a special healing ring is placed on the implant. Its purpose is to restore the aesthetic appearance of the gum around the implant. Total gum recovery lasts 2-4 weeks. The third and last stage of the treatment involves placing an abutment and a proper prosthetic structure – a crown, a bridge or a device fixing a removable snap-on denture.
The entire implantation procedure is painless for the patient thanks to the use of local anesthesia and computer systems for anaesthesia and sedation, which is performed by an anesthetist.
Temporary teeth fitted in for the duration of implant healing process
During implant treatment at DENTestetica Kraków, we never leave our patients “without teeth”. Since we know how important it is to return to daily activities and regular functioning after the implantation procedure, we always provide our patients with provisional restorations. They offer mental and aesthetic comfort, facilitate speaking and biting, protect the implantation site and accelerate the healing process. A provisional restoration is usually prepared prior to implantation and fitted immediately after inserting the implant. Depending on the clinical situation, restorations may include temporary crowns placed on target implants or on auxiliary microimplants (little screws placed between the actual implants), acrylic bridges, fiber-reinforced composite bridges or microdentures.
Is dental implantation safe?
Dental implantation is a safe and effective method that allows for the complete reconstruction of missing teeth without the need to damage the neighboring teeth.
It is a surgical procedure that involves inserting a titanium implant into the jawbone. This means that it cannot be performed in every patient. An additional consultation with the attending physician is sometimes necessary to determine the optimal treatment plan. At DENTestetica, the safety of our patients is paramount, so we treat each case individually and with utmost care.
The effectiveness of dental implantation is 95% – 97%. Failed integration of jawbone with the implant or implant rejection occur very rarely. The risk of treatment failure largely depends on the location of the implant and the duration of treatment. For this reason, dental implantation is not recommended immediately after extraction (removal) of a tooth. It is also worth remembering that implant rejection does not completely eliminate the successful completion of the procedure. After 2 – 3 months, when the bone has healed completely, a new implant can be reintroduced into the site.
Contraindications to dental implantation:
- age 16 or less (bone growth and development still in progress)
- insufficient amount of natural bone at the site of planned implantation (implantation is possible after reconstruction of the missing bone)
- smoking (slows and impairs the healing process)
- excessive consumption of alcohol and drug use (prevents periodontal healing)
- periodontal disease – must be cured prior to implantation treatment
- excessive teeth grinding – bruxism (implant treatment is possible, but with the use of relaxation splints)
- weakened immune system, difficulty in healing, blood clotting disorders, chronic steroid therapy, autoimmune systemic diseases, cancer treated with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, advanced and complicated insulin-dependent diabetes, deficiency of blood coagulation factors.
Is the treatment painless? Intravenous sedation
To improve the comfort of patients during surgery, we offer the possibility of using the so-called sedoanalgesia. By intravenous administration of drugs, the patient is placed in a sleep-like state. The procedure is not only painless, but, what is more, the patient has no memory of it. Sedoanalgesia, i.e. intravenous sedation administered by an anesthetist, is especially recommended for patients with dental fear, hypertension, and for longer and more complicated procedures.