Dental implants

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A dental implant is a surgically placed titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone to serve as a replacement for a lost tooth root. This root replacement is often used as a foundation for attaching a prosthetic replacement, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, to restore the functionality and appearance of a missing tooth.


Candidates for dental implants typically include individuals who have lost one or more teeth and desire a permanent and stable solution to replace those teeth. Suitable candidates should have a sufficiently healthy jawbone with adequate bone density to support the implant. Additionally, patients should be in good overall health and free from severe illnesses that could complicate the healing process.


Preparation for the treatment usually involves a consultation with an oral surgeon or implantologist to assess the need for an implant, discuss potential options, and plan the procedure. During the preparation, X-rays and other diagnostic tests may be necessary to precisely determine the implant's position.


The actual dental implant treatment typically involves the following steps: 1. Surgical procedure in which the implant is inserted into the jawbone under local anesthesia. 2. Healing phase that lasts several months during which the implant integrates with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. 3. Placement of a temporary prosthetic replacement while the implant heals. 4. Fabrication and placement of a permanent prosthetic replacement, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, onto the implant.


The results of a dental implant usually include a stable and functional replacement for the lost tooth, which looks and functions like a natural tooth. Patients will be able to chew food without difficulty and regain a beautiful smile.


Precautions after the dental implant placement include regular oral hygiene, following the doctor's care instructions, avoiding smoking, and scheduling follow-up appointments to ensure the long-term successful use of the implant and prosthetic replacement. Regular dental check-ups are also crucial for monitoring the health and condition of the implant.

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Is there an age limit for placing dental implants?

There is no age limit for implant placement.

What should you pay attention to when installing an implant?

Dental implants have the appearance of natural teeth and the patients feel them like their own teeth. They require the same care as real teeth, including regular brushing, flossing, interdental brushing, and regular visits to the dentist.

How to properly maintain implants?

Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including regular brushing, flossing, interdental brushing, and regular visits to the dentist.

How durable are dental implants?

With good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, the durability of dental implants is lifelong.

What if I have missing bone at the implant site?

For the installation of the implant, it is necessary that the alveolar ridge be high and wide enough, so that the implant is stable. If bone loss occurs, it is necessary to increase the bone (augmentation) so that an implant can be successfully inserted into it.

Does the fusion of the implant with the bone hurt?

The fusion of the implant with the bone does not hurt. After surgery, you may feel pain for the first 7-10 days, but after that period the pain disappears.

How does the implant grow with the bone?

The implant is surgically inserted into the bone. After the screw is embedded in the bone, there is a recovery period lasting from 3 to 6 months during which the dental implant grows with the bone (a process called osseointegration). The goal is to achieve the best possible ingrowth of vital bone cells into the microstructure of the surface of dental implants in the shortest possible time.

What are dental implants made of?

Dental implants are made of a biocompatible material that enables fusion with the bone because the body does not recognize it as a foreign body.

How long does the whole procedure take?

The entire procedure lasts 3 to 6 months, depending on the time needed for the implant to grow with the bone, which is individual for each patient.

Does the installation of dental implants hurt?

Installing an implant is a small surgical procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. After the anesthesia wears off, pain and discomfort are possible due to the procedure itself and the healing process.

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