Dental Implants

Enjoy your meals without the nuicance of missing teeth

Prof Kömerik has been performing implant surgery for the last 20 years. She has inserted not hundreds but thousands of dental implants using many brands on the market for a wide range of clinical cases. In our clinic we only use the highest quality dental implants made by leading implant companies. This level of expertise combined with the highest quality in implants is the key for our long lasting success.

A dental implant is a screw-like anchor that is used as an artificial replacement for natural tooth roots. It is usually made of titanium which is compatible with the human body. The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone providing a strong foundational support for dental crowns, bridges and dentures. Custom fabricated prosthesis to match your natural dentition is attached to the implant by a connector.  

Dental implant supported prosthesis is considered the gold standard of missing teeth replacement as they best represent natural teeth. 

What happens if missing teeth are not replaced by implants?

The consequence of tooth loss is more serious than unsightly gaps. If you lost your tooth or teeth and ignored treatment for various reasons, then you will start experiencing consequences of tooth loss overtime. When the tooth is lost, teeth on either side begin to drift toward the area of the missing tooth. The tooth on the opposite arch will start erupting trying to touch its counterpart sometimes so much so that it will be touching the gum of the missing area.  

The jaw bone needs functional stimulation which comes from tiny stresses transmitted by the teeth. Immediately after tooth loss, the lack of stimulation causes surrounding jaw bone in the empty space gradually shrink. Over time, the jawbone becomes much thinner. The gum also loses its firmness. Tooth supported bridges do not provide any stimulation to the bone underneath the bridge. So shrinkage of the bone where the false teeth placed can still be expected over time. Fortunately, there is a way to keep tooth loss from becoming bone loss: it’s the dental implant. Dental implants fused to the bone, functions mimicking natural teeth and stimulating bone to maintain its dimension and density.

The earlier you have dental implants inserted in your jawbone after losing your teeth, healthier, cheaper and simpler it is.  

What are the advantages of dental implants over traditional prosthesis?

Before the development of dental implant technology, tooth-supported bridges or removable dentures were the only options for the replacement of teeth. Tooth-supported bridges require cutting of tooth structure from the adjacent teeth. Removable dentures cover most of the mouth and over time increase the jawbone shrinkage and become loose. Dental implant supported prosthetics have both aesthetic and functional advantages over old-type prosthetics. They include:  

  • Look, feel and function closest to the natural tooth.
  • Help to preserve the jawbone.
  • Replace missing tooth with no need grinding adjacent healthy teeth.
  • Eliminate the need for a removable denture.
  • Enable the removable dentures function stable in the mouth.
  • Improve quality of life.

Can anyone get a dental implant?

In terms of complexity, dental implant surgery is similar to tooth extraction in most of the cases. So it is very rare when dental implant surgery is contraindicated. Discussing your health issues will allow us to take the necessary precautions. The most important factor for the achievement of implant placement is the presence of healthy jawbone and gum. When there is not enough bone left, implant insertion become more challenging. Advanced surgical procedures may be required to make the jawbone suitable for the implant placement.  

Choosing the right type of prosthesis

There are many types of dental implant supported prosthesis to meet each individual’s needs.

If you have single missing tooth: This is generally the simplest clinical situation where insertion of one implant will house a crown.

If you have multiple teeth missing in a row: The implant-supported fixed bridge will restore several missing teeth in a row. When replacing multiple teeth, fewer implants are typically used to support many teeth. For instance, 4 missing teeth can be supported by 2 implants.

If you lost all your teeth: You can still enjoy the benefit of implant supported fixed bridge to produce results just like natural teeth. In the upper jaw 6 or 8 implants are needed to support the entire row of teeth while in the lower jaw 6 implants are enough.

If you have insufficient bone left for implant insertion, additional surgery such as bone augmentation with bone grafts may be needed to increase its height and width of the jawbone.

If you lost all your teeth and suffer significant jawbone loss:

Thanks to all-on-four system, people with severe bone loss can benefit fixed denture without having complex surgery.  In this system four implants are used to replace an entire row of teeth. Two implants are inserted right at the front of the arch. The remaining two implants are placed either side and at an angle tilting towards the back of the mouth. Angulated implants in the back overcome bony deficiencies or anatomical structures. A full-arch denture will clip onto the dental implants using special attachments on its fitting surface. All-on-four systems are only removable by your dentist.

 

Removable overdenture: In this treatment approach, the denture is removable. But still, it allows patients to enjoy the stability of having a removable denture. 2 implants are inserted towards the front of the jaw where the bone tends to be naturally thicker and stronger.

 

How long does it take to replace teeth using dental implants?

Each patient is different. After completing the necessary diagnostics, we can provide you with a treatment plan including the estimated amount of time to complete the process. Total treatment time depends on your needs, the health of the supporting bone in your jaw, and the technique and materials that will be used.

Dental implant fusing with the bone is technically called as osteointegration that generally takes 2 months in the lower jaw and 3 months in the upper jaw. The most common scenario is allowing a period for osseointegration following implant insertion and thereafter construction of the prosthetics.

When jawbone is not sufficient then additional surgery may be required before implant insertion which adds couple of months to your waiting time to have your final prosthesis.

In some cases, temporary false teeth may be fabricated and connected with dental implants within a few days of insertion.

 

Does it hurt to get dental implants?

Since the area is numbed, the procedure is completely painless. Although it is usually placed under local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia may be preferred depending on the patient's needs.

While there may be some discomfort, swelling and bruising, this typically lasts not more than a couple of days. If you follow instructions for home care, you will spend the postop period more comfortably. Many people report that they feel better than anticipated.

 

What is the life span of dental implants?

If looked after properly, your implants can last a lifetime. But just like your natural teeth, dental implants require good care. How long they last for depends on how well you look after them.

People who do not pay attention to oral care will face losing their dental implants as they lost their natural teeth. So in order to keep the implants in the mouth for many years, you have to make sure your commitment to delivering a strong oral care routine. See your dentist every six months for a checkup and professional care.

Smoking can adversely affect the success of your implants so we strongly advice to quit smoking.