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Also known as an Endosseous Implant or a Fixture. A dental implant is a surgical procedure to replace damaged or missing teeth. The implant consists of a screw-like implant fixed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth (crown), bridge or even an over-denture that looks and feels like a real tooth. Due to the nature of the surgery and the various steps involved, multiple trips to the dental facility will be necessary and may even require two separate visits abroad to complete the procedure. Your dentist will confirm the exact requirements.
Dental implants are made of pure titanium, a material that is completely bio-compatible (compatible with body tissues) and actually integrates with the surrounding bone and becomes part of the body. Dental implants are an effective, safe and predictable solution to the problems resulting from missing teeth, where teeth are most commonly lost due to disease or trauma (often an accident or sports injury).
Alternative options include fixed bridges, removable dentures or root canal treatment. Unlike Dentures, implants are not removed for overnight soaking and cleaning, need no adhesives and do not require anchoring to healthy teeth.
Dental Implants are a permanent strong foundation to replace teeth that actually will match your real teeth. Furthermore, having dental implants may also help you to have improved speech, comfort, appearance and self-esteem. Unlike dentures or bridges, implants allow you to eat with confidence and without pain.
Typically in most cases, anyone who is healthy enough to undergo oral surgery can also be considered for a dental implant. You will need to have healthy gums as well as enough bone to hold the implants. For people with chronic disorders like heart disease and diabetes, as well as people who have had radiation therapy to the neck or head area must be thoroughly evaluated before undergoing this type of procedure.
This type of surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and there are several stages to the procedure which will be completed over several visits to the Dentist.
There are also two types of crowns:
A lot of people who have received dental implants say that there is little discomfort during the procedure. In terms of anesthetics, local anesthesia will be given to you.
There are four main types of Dental Implants:
1. Two-Stage Dental Implants:
This type of implant requires surgery to place the dental implant into the jaw bone. After letting the mouth heal for a few months, the patient is required to go back in for another minor surgery and expose the implant and attach the dental implant abutment and temporary crown or restoration.
2. Endosteal/Endosseous Dental Implants:
Implants are placed into the jaw bone and are usually placed in the aforementioned two-stage treatment option. These types of dental implants are often used in place of a bridge or denture.
3. Single-Stage Dental Implants:
This type of dental implant involves placing a longer implant into the jaw and gum so that the top of the implant is exposed. This allows the dentist to go into the mouth after several months of healing and place the abutment and restoration right onto the implant without having to surgically expose the dental implant again.
4. Subperiosteal Dental Implants:
Implants are placed into the jaw bone and the metal post is exposed to hold the restoration. These types of dental implants are most often performed in single-stage treatment.
You will be allowed to go home after each stage of your dental implant procedure. However, follow up checkups are a requirement to help to ease your recovery and healing. You should expect to stay in Poland for at least 2 weeks.
There is actually no specific timeline for recovery after having undergone dental implant. Your recovery period will be based on your unique oral condition. When the procedure is finished and the Permanent crown is put into place, It can take several weeks to get used to the shape and feel of the tooth within your mouth.
You are advised to eat soft foods after your implant surgery and if you have undergone a simple or moderate procedure, you will be able to resume your normal diet approximately after 30 days. Dental implants are a permanent solution to a tooth issue and as such will need to be treated with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.
The success rate of Dental implants is as high as 95%. However, proper care and hygiene are essential to achieve and maintain such positive results.
Note that you may encounter some complications with your implants, possible complications may include:
Mini Implants or Mini Dental Implants (MDI) - this is an alternative for patients who are not good candidates to undergo a traditional dental implant. These are small types of dental implants, usually 3 mm in diameter and are commonly used to secure a complete upper or lower denture.
Immediate load dental implants or same day implants - this procedure allows you to have a temporary crown the same day your dental implant is placed into your jawline.
Implant supported dentures or All-on-4 - this is an alternative to fix a complete upper or lower set of replacement teeth. Four to 6 implants may be placed into your jawbone near the front of your mouth and use it as a base to attach and stabilize your denture.
Having good general health, healthy gums and sufficient bone structure makes you a good candidate for implants. Depending on the location in the mouth, implants are usually between 85 and 90% successful over the long-term.
Implants may be less successful for people who smoke, grind or clench teeth or have a history of radiation therapy. Patients with diabetes or osteoporosis who have bone loss in the jaw may also be at risk for complications. Check with your dentist to see if implants are the right choice for you. When implants fail, it is usually because of poor oral hygiene, resulting in infection or impaired healing. Overloading or too much pressure on the implant structure (this usually happens when you grind your teeth) can cause the implant to move.
Patient reviews often highlight the confidence boost achieved over physical appearance.
For an in-depth analysis of the pros and cons of Dental Implants, the alternatives and before and after images, watch this short video.
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