Dental Implant Surgery

Millions of people in the world, men and women of all ages feel bad and they are reluctant to smile and lose their confidence after the loss of some or all of their teeth, because of the aesthetic, chewing and speaking problems associated with it.
Statistics show (AAOMS) that 69% of adults between the ages 35-44 have lost at least one tooth for various causes while up to the age of 74 up to 26% of adults have lost all their teeth.

Modern dental implants are now in many cases the most appropriate treatment for the restoration of loss of natural teeth.
Our specialized training in implants surgery, combined with our extensive surgical experience in maxillofacial surgery, gives us the possibility to successfully deal with: simple one tooth loss problems, as well as most complex situations where except from the absence of most or all of natural teeth and significant bone loss coexists.
Moreover, the stable cooperation from prescribers fellow dentists for prosthetic rehabilitation, ensures both the use of more modern methods of direct placement of the implant and immediate loading of the prosthetic work when and where it is possible and also the longevity of the result with excellent aesthetic and functional results.
In our clinic, we have been dealing with dental implants for 15 years and we are always selecting renowned companies in the field thereby ensuring consistent quality of our materials and therefore safety and assurance in the final results.

Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth?

What are Implants ?

Dental implants are permanently placed in the jaw bone to replace missing teeth. They can be used to restore one or more teeth or to support dentures. They require minor surgical intervention and are completed within a few months.
Implants are metal screws (mostly made of titanium) that are surgically placed in the jaw. This strain is very firmly attached to the jaw bone, and in this a crown is placed, an artificial tooth that looks completely natural. The implant actually replaces the lost tooth root, onto which the crown is placed. With implants we can replace one, several or all teeth in the mouth. It can be used as a support for a tooth, fixed bridges, to partial or full denture. The prosthetic part that can vary from a single crown to a full-arch prosthesis is connected to the implant(s) after a predetermined healing period.
Dental implants are a very successful way to replace teeth due to their inclusion in the bones. So we get a very solid foundation for the artificial tooth, which allows a normal speech and chewing.

 

Success Rate
Success rates approach 98% in the mandible and 95% in the upper jaw for 15 years with documented scientific research of more than 50 years.


 

Dental Implant Surgery

Installation procedure
The first step is a clinical examination during which the treatment plan will be decided. Before you decide to place the implants you will need to make a radiological examination in order to determine if there is enough space for the implants, if the bone is strong enough, and if you need to insert new bone at the point designed to place the implants. The radiological examination is a must as it will determine the exact placement of the titanium screw.
The surgical procedure for the placement of implants is performed under local anesthesia. For complicated cases, the implant placement is performed under general anesthesia when necessary.
First, the bone is disclosed from the jaw area that the tooth is missing. Then a hole is created in the bone where the implant will be placed. Following, the gums are sewn above the implant and the wound is allowed to heal for several months.

 

 


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE IS NOT ENOUGH BONE?

Bone Grafting
The quantity and quality of the bone which will accept the implant is a determining factor in the placement or no placement of the dental implant.
In the case that the jaw does not have enough bone in the area then an autogenous bone graft placement procedure is followed (from the patient) or allogeneic (from synthetic materials) or a combination of both. This process can be done simultaneously with the implant placement procedure or in separate sessions.
With the help of anaplastic techniques the lack of back bone does not preclude an implant placement, as the bone can now be restored.
Modern reconstructive techniques enhance our effort to attribute to the jawbone its initial, healthy shape and size. With guided bone regeneration we can reconstruct the lost bone, while with connective tissue graft or other reconstructive techniques we can regenerate the gums. With the right techniques, the thickness or volume of the soft tissue can be increased, while the type of tissue in a place can be changed.
To increase the bone background we often proceed with a Sinus Lift of the upper jaw or a split sandwich technique or a variation of inferior alveolar nerve or voucher osteogenesis of the mandible.
To increase the bone background we often move to Sinus Lift in the upper jaw or to a split sandwich technique or a variation of inferior alveolar nerve or osteogenesis of the mandible.
After the end of the operative part radiographic imaging is required.

 

Osseointegration
After the healing process has been completed, the artificial tooth is mounted on the dental implant. The implants are made primarily of titanium, a material which is proved to form a bond with the bone surrounding it.
This biological process called osseointegration lasts for a few months. (From 2 to 6 months depending on the case).

Healing Screws and Prosthetic Part
Then the placement of the ” gingival formers ” (gingival healing screws), takes place and the prosthetic part follows, by the dentist. After the Prosthetic part takes place a new X-ray is required.

* Our center provides FREE follow ups at specified intervals for 5 years.

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Bleeding is normal after surgery. In case bleeding is excessive the patient can wrap a small sterile gauze and place it on the bleeding area, biting the gauze for half an hour.

It is normal to be in pain after surgery. The pain is treated with painkillers as prescribed. Painkillers should be taken only when you are in pain. Antibiotics should be taken only on prescription.

It is possible for the area that has undergone surgery to swell. This is absolutely normal and could take up to 4 days (the swelling could worsen by the 2nd day and calm down by the 4th). To reduce the swelling ,as much as possible, you should place on the area an ice pack wrapped in a towel for 15 minutes and repeat this procedure 4 – 5 times on the day of the surgery. It is also possible for bruises to appear on the skin.

A slight increase in body temperature is normal and not alarming.

If stitches are placed on the wound, it is possible to feel some tension after a few days. However, this will disappear after their removal, 7 days following the surgery. Breaking one or more sutures is not alarming.

On the day of the surgery, you should not rinse your mouth, brush your teeth or spit.

On the next day of the surgery you should rinse your mouth with the prescribed mouthwash, while you can brush your teeth paying particular attention to the area of the surgery. Proper dental hygiene is one of the most important factors for the success of an implant.

During the first 24 hours food must be soft and cold. Over the next two days food can be a little bit harder. From the 7th day onwards you can return to your normal eating habits. On the day of the surgery you should avoid anything hot.

Oral hygiene Just like each operation inside the mouth, the implant needs oral hygiene from the patient’s side too. To keep the implant clean and without plate, proper brushing and flossing is needed. The scheduled visits to the dentist for cleaning and checking on the implant, as well as the remaining teeth will help the patient to keep the implant forever. It should be noted also that smoking is a limiting factor for success.

Today with the new medical procedures used, we can proceed with direct extraction of the tooth and direct positioning of the implant and the prosthesis. This allows maintaining a good articulation and speech until the period of osseointegration and maintain a good occlusal plane. At the same time the face and smile will be noticeably improved while socially you will feel comfortable and confident. In the case of edentulous upper or lower jaw, the problem can be solved in two ways. Construction of prosthesis or removable prosthesis (mini implants or cantilever implants) depending the case. Restoring lack of all teeth with dental implants can be made by a fixed prosthesis or an overdenture one. The fixed prosthesis is supported at the appropriate for each case number of implants and covers the largest possible part of the upper or lower jaw. It is absolutely immovable pronouncing complete functional and aesthetic satisfaction to the patient having a similar feel to that of the lost natural teeth. The overdenture prosthesis in terms of the upper jaw, is supported on at least four implants, is significantly smaller than the conventional teeth, is extremely stable, very good aesthetic wise and functional, does not burden the gums and helps maintain bone. Placing one mobile structure on four implants in the lower jaw has all the advantages mentioned above for the upper jaw. It is possible in the mandible the prosthesis to rest to only 2 implants. In this case, while it is maintaining sufficient mobility it remains anchored to the implants resulting in good mastication and speech for the patient. It is a simple and cheap solution which, drastically affects the quality of life of the patient.