• Dental Implants

    Date: 2013.08.01 | Category: FAQ | Tags: ,,,,,

    Q :  What is a Dental Implant?

    A: Different types of screw implants

    Different types of screw implants

    An implant is an artificial root made from a biocompatible material that is implanted to replace lost teeth. Standard implants today are screw or cylinder form made from titanium.

    Titanium is a unique metal: It can be incorporated in the bone without an intermediate layer. This intimate contact between bone and titanium is called osseointegration. Another advantage of titanium is it does not cause allergic reactions, rejection, nor inflammation of the oral mucosa. Because of its biocompatible qualities, titanium is broadly used for other medical implants, for example hips, knees, etc.

    Normally, dental implants have a length of 6-15 mm and a diameter of 3-5 mm. On the market there are numerous companies producing implants, but only few systems are supported by scientific studies and long-term results

    Q :  How is an Implant Placed?

    A: Careful planning is the first step preceding an implant operation. With help from x-rays and study models, the amount of bone is measured in length and width, so the ideal position for a suitable implant can be planned.

    A : Implantation is a surgical intervention performed under sterile conditions that can take between 45-90 minutes. Implantation can be done without pain using local anesthesia. Nevertheless, the procedure can be stressful for some patients. For this reason, we offer treatment to be done under conscious sedation, using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other sedatives. The advantage is complete relaxation and comfort for the patient.

    For larger operations, like bone augmentation, or for dental phobic patients, we can also offer general anesthesia. An expert team of anesthesiologists can accompany us within the Clinic St. Anna, or in our private practice.

    After the gum tissue is numb, it is carefully opened. With a sequence of calibrated burs, the implant bed is prepared. To prevent overheating of the bone, preparation is done with sterile water cooling. The suitable implant is chosen and placed. The gum tissue is sutured over the implant and a temporary prosthesis or bridge is seated.