Contrary to all appearances, implants are the least invasive way of replacing lost teeth. The ability to fully reproduce natural tooth physiology as well as high aesthetic value of implants have been contributing to a steady increase in their popularity.
Implants are the most durable and the most effective way to replace missing teeth. It is the only restoration method that can inhibit bone loss, which is a typical process occurring after the loss of a natural tooth.
Dental implant surgery is relatively pricey, but it is an investment that will pay off in years to come. Furthermore, the price of the prosthetic part on the implant is the same as the price of that part done on the tooth using „the traditional technology” (the difference in cost is thus the implantation of the „screw” and the abutment).
The success rate of such surgeries is very high against other medical procedures. The level of positive integration with the bone tissue after 3 years is 98%. With proper hygiene, after 10 years 95% of implants remain firmly embedded in the bone. Occasionally an early implant failure may occur. This mostly occurs within the first two weeks after the procedure. There is, however, no risk to the patient. After some time, after the healing process, re-implantation can be performed. Theoretically, the implant should be indestructible, but no dentist can offer a lifetime guarantee for a product. In medicine, there are no guarantees – there is statistics which keeps improving along with the development of implant production technologies.
Implant-based teeth can help only those patients who are committed to maintaining proper hygiene. The patient must be involved in sustaining the effects of the implant to prevent gingivitis. Our patients will wear a beautiful smile on their faces for many years provided that they close cooperate with their dentist.
Our clinic offers two proven, high-quality implant systems, namely the German ANKYLOS and American BICON. The choice of the system is based on individual characteristics, depending on the conditions found in the patient’s mouth, as well as on his/her preference.
The most important feature of the two systems is the so-called conical connection between the implant and the abutment that eliminates micro movements and prevents bacterial contamination in the area of the implant neck. These two factors are, in fact, the main (in addition to the lack of proper hygiene) cause of inflammation of the tissue around the implant and bone loss, which may result in a subsequent loss of the implant.
Application of the Bicon short implants system
greatly reduces the indications for bone reconstruction procedures and sinus lift. In this way the patient’s anatomical structures are protected, treatment time is markedly reduced and costs are minimized. The smallest size of the implant is approx. 4 x 5 mm
The Ankylos System by Dentsply
is the leading global implant system – it is simply revolutionary in terms of design and clinical effects for the patient. It allows you to perform all types of dental restorations, from a single prosthetic crown to a multi-span bridge and a dental prosthesis fixed on implants.
What does the surgery look like?
The surgery comprises two stages:
First, a hole is drilled in the bone and then the implant is screwed into place and the area is closed. It takes approximately 8 -12 weeks for implants to become fully „accepted”; the cells in the bone interlock firmly with the pores on the titanium surface of the implant. The process known as osseointegration occurs, i.e. bone cells integrate themselves directly with the implant. It is this stage that brings the effect of long-term fixing of the implant. (Fig. 1, 2)
Having created such a solid basis, we can move on to the second stage, i.e. uncovering the implant and placing healing abutments (Fig. 3). Then, after two weeks, impressions are made and the missing teeth are reconstructed.
It is possible to immediately place a dental implant into an extraction site. The procedure is subject to the decision of the dentist in the course of the surgery. This is because it is impossible to predict whether such a surgery is viable, given the circumstances.
Marek Tawakol MD
Edyta Wejt-Tawakol, MD, PhD