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Dental implants are the small “screws” made of titanium, or an alloy of titanium and zirconium. The dental implant is placed into the jaw bone instead of the missing root of the original tooth. Long-term research has proven that titanium is biocompatible with the human body, which allows the titanium implants to osseointegrate (form an intimate bond with the bone). This method for replacing lost teeth has been used for over 30 years.
Once the implant has healed, it functions as an artificial root on which a crown, bridge, or denture can be attached.
There is a great assortment of dental implants on the market today. Endosteal implants, shaped like small screws, are the most commonly used implants today. They are made up of the two units: the unit which is placed in the jawbone (the fixture) and the part protruding in the mouth (the abutment). The abutment holds the prosthetic (either a crown or bridge). The fixture is a hollow screw, which functions like a root after it is placed into the bone. These two parts are interconnected with a lag screw.
Titanium and its alloys are the most commonly used materials for dentures. The implant’s surface is specially designed to ensure quick healing.
Dental implants are the ideal solution in the case that one or more teeth are missing and a gap exists between the teeth. It is possible to fill the gap with a fixed bridge, but to do this, the neighboring teeth must be ground down. Thus, dental implants protect the neighboring teeth from unnecessary grinding. If the gap is not addressed for a long period of time, the neighboring teeth may shift towards this gap. Optically, the gap problem will be resolved, however, it will be at the expense of a good bite. Bite misalignment can cause TMJ disorders or even the loss of some teeth. The combination of dental implants and fixed bridges are a prosthetic treatment of the toothless jaw bone. Dental implants can also be used to resolve problems associated with the retention of lower removable dentures.
This treatment is generally more affordable financially. Dental implants can be used to replace any amount of missing teeth at any place in the oral cavity. There are few situations in which it is not possible to place dental implants due to health concerns. The lack of bone can become a limiting factor, but there are many methods of hard tissue reconstruction which allows the bone to regrow. Proper hygiene of the dental implants can help to reach up to a 97% success rate of implants’ integration and healing. The lifetime of the implants is theoretically unlimited, so with proper dental hygiene, dental implants are the ideal long-term solution. Regular check-ups, including X-rays, are an integral part of the follow-up care. Any problem, as long as it is diagnosed in a timely manner, can be easily addressed.
Consultation with the doctor is always very important.
In case a patient uses blood thinners, they must stop usage five days prior to the procedure. The patient can eat and drink normally before the procedure. The patient must report all allergic reactions to drugs, including desinfection liquids such as iodine or peroxide.
The patient will reread the consent form for the surgical procedures and will reconfirm their signature consenting to the surgery. After that, the patient must also agree and sign the post-operative instructions.
The doctor will accompany you into the operating room. After the nurse checks your consent form, the doctor will inject the local anesthesia; it will take about 15 minutes for the anesthesia to take effect.
The procedure itself follows next. The dental implant placement is performed under local anesthesia and generally takes 20-50 minutes.
It is necessary to let the implant heal properly so the implant is well-integrated into the bone. This healing period usually takes 8-12 weeks. After the implant is fully integrated, it is possible to start the prosthetic phase, in which the secondary unit (abutment) is attached to the fixture and the bridge or the crown is made.
The doctor will speak to you during the procedure. You will have a dental dam held over your mouth. The procedure is not painful.
It is important to follow these instructions after the procedure (you will also get a copy to take home with you).
On the day of the procedure, do not smoke, eat hot food, or drink hot drinks. Eat porridge or liquid food.
It is advisable to take painkillers and put ice on the area.
Patients using blood thinners should not take the first pill earlier than two days after the procedure.
The implant placement costs 12.000 CZK, the price for the abutment and metal-fused ceramic crown is 10.000 CZK, the total sum is 22.000 CZK including the healing rollers.
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