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Dental Implants

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are substitutes for teeth roots, which have either been lost or are going to be extracted. Following their successful intergration into the bone structure of the maxilla and/or mandible, implants can be used to support permanent restorations, and therefore, patients can have stable teeth again, covering any possible gaps.
Dental implants are constructed from alloys with a high titanium content, using technology similar to the one used in orthopaedic surgery.

How are they placed?
In the majority of cases, their placement , is conducted under local anaesthesia and in a specially designed surgical unit. A short period of post-operational oedema follows, and most patients can return to their everyday activities immediately.

Are all patients who have lost teeth suitable for dental implants?
The vast majority of patients are suitable for restoration using dental implants. However, there are still certain limitations related  to factors such as the presence or absence of a satisfactory bone volume, the condition of the mouth tissues, the general health and whether the patient is receiving certain drugs.

How long does the treatment last?
Typical implant therapy is carried out in two stages. The first stage includes the placement of the implants in the bone. After a period of 12-24 weeks (bone integration), depending mainly on the use or not of a graft, the second stage, which includes the uncovering of the implants and the onset of the restoration with the final prosthetic work is carried out. In the meantime, temporary structures, such as bridges or partial dentures, are usually applied to cover the gaps.

What is the success rate?

If placed under suitable conditions, with the necessary planning, and by doctors with the appropriate training, the success rates currently stand at around 96-99%. A necessary prerequisite is the performance of thorough oral hygiene and regular checks by the doctor who performed the operation.

Preparation-Planning
A great percentage of the success of dental implants is dependent on the proper planning. Most times, special imaging of the area of placement, with computed tomography of the jaws (Dental Scan) is required. Moreover, in cases with high aesthetic demands, it is necessary to prepare the soft tissues with special temporary restorations.

Teeth in a day
Research in the field of dental implants is continuous. The latest data allow the immediate placement of implants upon extraction and, in appropriately selected cases, their immediate restoration (teeth in a day).