What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial construction that replaces the lost tooth root and is implanted into the bone tissue of the upper or lower jaw. It could act as a post for the implant crown, or as removable or non-removable dental prosthesis.
An integrated implant with a tooth crown
In today’s dentistry, the most widely used implants are those made from titanium. There are several reasons why dental specialists prefer this material:
- Titanium is compatible with human body. Apart from dental implants, this material is used for manufacturing artificial heart valves and joints. Titanium is hypoallergenic. Allergic reactions are extremely rare (1 incident per 10,000);
- Jaw bone tissue grows into the titanium implant; this process is called osseointegration. Thanks to unique properties of titanium, bone tissue does not dissolve in the extraction socket, but grows and retains the natural pattern;
- Titanium implants do not cause discomfort. Patients perceive them as if they were their own teeth.
Why install dental implants?
We always recommend that our patients replace removed teeth with dental implants.; Otherwise, the bone tissue could get atrophied after the extraction due to the absence of any chewing load. When the implant is installed, the load is distributed as before, and the sockets are not lost.
An alternative to implants is dental bridge work. However, when installing bridges, the adjacent healthy teeth are often affected. As a result, there is a risk of bone tissue loss, as well as risk of destruction of healthy tooth tissues.
Diagnosis: generalized periodontitis, partial tooth loss in the lower jaw, grade II/III mobility of the remaining teeth
Treatment plan: removal of the teeth with grade III tooth mobility. Installing a temporary construction for the period of engraftment of the implant resting on the remaining teeth. Installation of 8 implants and subsequent manufacturing of a cermet construction with a screw retention
X-ray image: eight implants were installed; a temporary construction resting on the remaining teeth was mounted on
A cermet construction is installed in the lower and upper jaws. In the lower jaw, the lost pattern of gums is completely restored thanks to the application of a composite material
As a result of prosthetics, we managed to achieve a perfect balance between functional and aesthetic qualities
The patient is happy with the final result
Find out more about dental implants from an article by the head doctor of our clinic.
Tooth extraction, regardless of complexity, is a standard procedure in our clinic.
According to the recent studies, during the first four months after tooth extraction, alveolar bone loss occurs in 60% of cases. This process considerably complicates rehabilitation of the toothless area. On the one hand, bone loss makes it difficult to perform implant procedures and prosthetics. On the other, it could also affect aesthetic look of the teeth and soft tissues.
In our clinic, we apply different methods to preserve the sockets after tooth extraction. Depending on the clinical indicators, we successfully use the latest technologies aimed at soft tissue preservation, including DBBM Collagen, Collagen matrix and tissue punch technique.
Applying DBBM Collagen and tissue punch technique to preserve the socket spaces after tooth extraction
DBBM Collagen is placed in the extraction socket and covered with soft tissuesBetter quality of life
- an aesthetic outer look;
- no issues with pronunciation;
- protection against high chewing loads;
All-on-4 ® Treatment Concept
With All-on-4 ® treatment concept, our patients could benefit from the attachment of an orthopedic construction immediately after the implantation procedure.
Adjusting an orthopedic construction immediately after installation of the implants
- the whole dental arch rests on four implants only;
- no need to increase bone tissue;
- this procedure is performed in a single stage since the immediate chewing load is recommended and brings immediate results;
- in comparison with removable constructions, non-removable ones are much more convenient in daily use and daily care;
- effectiveness of this method was scientifically proven.
A woman had partial tooth loss in the upper jaw. She wished to have a non-removable orthopedic construction installed
Examination shows there is no sufficient bone tissue it the upper jaw
Preparing for dental implants. Computer-navigated implantation.
In our clinic, we pay special attention to a thorough preparation, 3D diagnostics and computer-navigated implantation. This approach allows us to secure the best and, importantly, sustainable results.
Before a surgical intervention, we study a patient's tomogram. A three-dimensional image accurately shows the jaws anatomy, nerves, blood vessels, and helps to determine the ideal position for an implant. Volumetric tomography also allows for the measurement of the bone tissue density.
Software that we use in the clinic allows an implant surgeon to position a dental implant with high precision, both in surgical and orthopedic terms. For dental implants positioning, we use surgical templates. This method allows to achieve an optimal balance between stability and aesthetics.
Using a Swiss-developed SMOP software in preparation for dental implants