Dental implants


Dental implants

Loss of your own teeth could be due to several causes, particularly tooth decay, gum inflammation or injury. Tooth loss can be avoided by regular domestic hygiene and hygiene at the dentist. If you have already lost a tooth, it can be replaced in several ways: by a bridge, removable denture or implant.

Treatment description

1. Bridge on your own teeth

If the teeth are healthy on either side of the gap where the tooth is missing, it is possible to grind them into shape and attach a bridge to them which imitates the lost tooth. In aesthetic terms it looks good and in functional terms not the worst solution. The disadvantage is that you have to grind the surrounding teeth, which means interfering with a healthy tooth. Moreover, the teeth must be sufficiently healthy and strong so the bridge can be attached.

2. Removable dentures

This may be the cheapest, but is also the least suitable solution for replacing teeth. It does not ensure that you can chew well and there is no feeling of having your own teeth.

3. Dental implant

A dental implant is the best solution in terms of aesthetics and for chewing. This basically involves inserting a titanium screw into the jawbone. So the implant fulfils the function of the root of the tooth. A crown is then attached to this screw.

Process of inserting the dental implant:


The site of the treatment is numbed by local anaesthesia so the insertion of the dental implant is completely painless.

Insertion of the implant into the bone

Subsequently a hole is drilled into the jawbone in the site where the tooth is missing and a titanium implant is inserted (a screw pillar which replaces the root of the tooth). The operation is completed by sewing up the wound above the implant. Titanium is material which the human body accepts without any complications, and there is no evidence that it causes any allergic reactions. Titanium has a neutral taste so it does not have any metal aftertaste in the oral cavity. It takes 6-8 weeks for the titanium implant to heal in the bone. Healing time may extend to 6-24 weeks for other types of implants.

Installing a crown

Once the implant is healed a crown is attached to it which we can perform at our clinic while you wait.

Important things to know before the procedure: Dental implants

  • A precondition is good dental hygiene in the oral cavity.
  • Full treatment of all tooth decay and inflammations in the oral cavity because these are caused by microorganisms that could impair the healing process.
  • A lack of bone in the planned site of the implant. Bone disappears after tooth loss. If there is a lack of bone then it needs to be restored first.
  • The insertion of an implant is not suitable for people with hematologic and immunological diseases.
  • Smoking (more than 5 cigarettes a day) is a factor which may negatively affect healing and the durability of the implant.
  • Uncompensated diabetes can also negatively affect healing and the durability of the implant.
  • A precondition for successful healing of the implant is the relatively good state of health of the body.

Important things to observe after the procedure:

  • Antibiotics are prescribed with surgery and need to be taken as instructed by the doctor.
  • The pain after the procedure is mild, lasting 1-2 days after the insertion of the implant. Your doctor will prescribe or recommend a suitable type of analgesic.
  • Do not take an analgesic that encourages bleeding - for example Acylpyrin, Anopyrin.
  • Swelling results the day after the insertion of the implant therefore it is important after treatment until you go to bed and the whole of the next day to apply cold and dry compresses (cooling gel packs covered in a handkerchief, the handkerchief must be dry and must not be soaked in water).
  • Patients who are afraid of treatment can be prescribed drugs for soothing or dulling pain, or the entire treatment can be carried out under analgosedation. Transport must be arranged for these patients after treatment.
  • You must only have soft lukewarm food, lukewarm drink and not wash out the oral cavity in the first 24 hours after treatment.
  • You must continue having soft food or only chew on the side of the mouth where surgery was not carried out on the second and third day.
  • You should not have hot food on the first three days after the procedure because it could cause the wound to bleed.
  • You can wash out the oral cavity by a mouth disinfectant solution as instructed by the doctor.
  • On the day of surgery do not wash out the oral cavity and on the first to third day after the procedure wash out the cavity after eating food.
  • It is important to go for checkups as instructed by the doctor and if any complications arise such as greater pain, bleeding, etc., contact the attending doctor immediately.

Possible complications

Insertion of a dental implant is not 100% risk free. It is a process that carries certain risks such as infection in the wound, allergies to drugs, anaesthesia. In a small percentage of people an implant does not heal or will become loose in the bone over several years. Perfect daily hygiene of the oral cavity contributes to the long-term success of the application of an implant and its lifetime.

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