Dental implants are the most functional and durable solution for missing teeth. Implants have been successfully used to replace teeth since many decades. It is an artificial root made mostly of titanium, a material that form an intimate bond to bone through a biological process called osseointegration. The implant is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge or even full dentures. With proper care and good oral hygiene an implant can last a lifetime.
Dental implants contribute to teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. They give full chewing ability and improve the patient’s quality of life
When do you recommend dental implants?
- if you don’t want to sacrifice the neighbouring teeth. A bridge requires that adjacent teeth are reduced in size (single-tooth implants instead of tooth-supported bridge);
- if you don’t want a removable denture;
- if you want a fixed denture (implant supported fixed denture).
Who is a good implant candidate?
- people with adequate jawbone;
- people with good general and oral health;
- people who practice good daily oral hygiene.
Conditions excluding patients from implant care:
- insufficient jaw bone (can ideally be rebuilt with bone augmentation);
- certain diseases (haemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes and diseases that compromise healing);
- serious malocclusion;
- bad oral hygiene;
- heavy smoking and alcohol consumption, drug addiction.
How do I know that I have enough bone for a dental implant?
It is necessary to do a 3D CT scan picture to check the bone quality. Ideally, the CT is made before the consultation and the oral surgeon can decide if the implantation is possible or not. In some cases bone grafting and/or sinus lift surgery has to be made. It is not always considered safe Wether the bone grafting can be made together with the implantation or if it is suggested to do it in a separate session, is also discussed during the consultation. This is the very first step and is ideally made before the consultation.
Based on the combination of dental X-rays and a CT scan we use, your bone density and volume can be assessed and information about nearby anatomical structures (such as nerves) can also be gathered. The dentist might indicate that your bone would need support, i.e. an artificial bone replacement/grafting or sinus lift. This step is before building up the dental implant.
Stages of dental implant treatment:
- With the help of a 3D CT scan picture, the condition of the jaw bone is inspected. A customized treatment plan is prepared.
- The implants are placed in the jaw by an oral surgeon under sterile and safe circumstances. The patients leave Oxygen Medical with antibiotics, ice and painkillers.
- If bone augmentation or sinus lift is necessary, this is made before or at the same time as the implantation.
- The implantation is followed by a healing period of 3-6 months.
- After the healing period the prosthetics (crowns, bridges or dentures) can be made.
How safe are dental implants?
Dental implants have a success rate of 96-98 % and can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene. With regular dental visits, it is possible to detect and prevent any problems on time. Following the dentist’s instructions, optimal oral care can easily be achieved.
What type of implants are used at Oxygen Medical?
Oxygen Medical uses:
- Alpha-Bio – An affordable, high quality brand with lifetime guarantee.
- Nobel Biocare – The Swedish market leader offering extensive assortment dental implants for all indications, bone types and surgical protocol. A high-quality implant that offers solutions for all situations.