In this day and age, we can safely say that dental implants have become the industry standard in dental care. Implants are constantly improved to satisfy the patients’ ever increasing demands and expectations. Implants are biocompatible titanium substitutes which are implanted into the jaw to replace the missing teeth.
Depending on the experience of the implantologist, the quality of dental implants, bone density and quality along with the adherence to good oral hygiene, the success rate of installing a new implant can be as high as 99%.
As a general rule, it is necessary to wait 3 to 4 months after the implant placement before burdening it with other fixed or mobile work. Implant placement is a common procedure and is painless under local anaesthesia.
The implant provides the most natural transfer of strength and in the place of missing teeth prevents further dental bone loss (which is perfectly normal after tooth loss).
In the case of further tooth loss, the implants are combined with other prosthetic solutions. They are successfully implemented as dental bridges in totally edentulous jaws – an absolute must for patients who would otherwise have to wear removable dentures.
Given that they can serve as an anchor of complete dentures, dental implants represent a stable and functional solution.
Indications for implants are wide and varied, but it is necessary to maintain an individual approach towards each patient.
The latest technology allows the placement of metal-free implants – made of zirconium dioxide, also called Zirconia. The advantage of these implants is that they are made out of one piece, and this can eliminate certain complications in the conventional two-part installation of implants. Furthermore, they are naturally coloured, which enables complete imperceptibility in the case of gums withdrawing.