The choice of implants suitable for the patient is based on individual clinical condition and the patient’s financial situation. Below is a simplified scheme of the procedure:
Further visits involve final prosthetic reconstruction. By clicking on the pictures to the right you can visualize the many possible implant supported prosthetics available. Each patient receives post-op instructions and daily hygiene instructions.
Single crown restorations are most often used, since single missing teeth are most common. In traditional prosthodontics, to replace such missing teeth, dentists constructed fixed prosthetic bridges, by cutting down or preparing neighboring teeth. Implant support crowns on the other hand, spare neighboring teeth. They can be placed 3 to 6 months after implantation. The following depicts the procedure:
Such restorations enable the replacement of multiple missing teeth. They can be placed 3 to 6 months after implantation, identically as in single implant supported crows. The following depicts the procedure:
There are numerous removable implant supported prosthetics, including full and partial dentures, with numerous retention systems available. Most commonly, full dentures require improvement in retention and stability, which in turn improves the quality of life of elderly patients. Using ball bearings, such a full denture is much more secure, stable and comfortable. In a lower removable implant supported denture 2 implants usually suffice
The following depicts the procedure:
Implant prosthodontics – Contemporary implant prosthetics have been an evolving dental discipline for over 50 years. The basic material comprising an implant is titanium (due to its biocompatibility-which the body doesn’t reject) or, increasingly more often, zirconium.
Implant supported restorations allow for a lasting esthetic effect and correction of stomatognatic function. However, existing implants do not ideally mimic natural teeth. This most physiologic way of restoring missing teeth, allows the elimination of discomfort often present with removable dentures. Moreover, implants allow excellent support for prosthetic restorations, improving esthetics and comfort.
Implant prosthetics comprises of surgical portion involving implantation and prosthetic portion or tooth restoration on said implant. The procedure involves implant placement in whole oral cavity or one that replaces just one missing tooth.
The procedure is performed with local anesthetics and is pain-free. Painkillers, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory are prescribed which maximally protect from pain.
An incision is made in the gum the implant will be placed. A small hole is drilled in the bone, the implant is placed into the hole in the bone and the incision is stitched closed. At the end of the healing period prosthetic restorations are constructed such as crowns, bridges or dentures (overdentures).
The dentist individually determines indications and contraindications during the first consultation visit. Yes, there are certain contraindications, however new technologies keep eliminating many of them as time goes by. For example, age is no longer a contraindication.
Success rate is approximately 97%. If the first procedure isn’t definitive, however, replantation is possible.
By following dentist instructions such as daily hygiene, and control visits there is no limit to the implant lifetime. The first implantation performed by professor Branemark is still in place 51 years later. Everything depends on individual clinical situation (quality and quantity of bone and type of prosthodontics restoration), and patient’s health. There is a guarantee for the actual procedure.
Hygiene does not differ from caring for own teeth; including annual control visits and professional implant cleaning.