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Missing teeth – except e.g. wisdom teeth – are to be replaced as soon as possible. The lack of teeth for a long period of time will lead to nutrition deficiency, which often causes stomach and digestive problems. Because of the bone loss at the place of the missing tooth the rest of the teeth will “migrate”, the direction of the chewing force which will cause facial aesthetics problems. A lot of people don’t like partial or complete dentures or bridges and in such cases dental implantology provides a perfect alternative.
Dental implants replace the roots of natural teeth. During the procedure the implants are inserted as replacements of the lost teeth in order to be able to fix crowns bridges, and prostheses on them. Dental implants are usually made of pure titanium, as due to its biological, chemical and physical characteristics it properly gets integrated into the bone and it is fully accepted by the human body which is essential to successful implantations.
Who can have implants?
In Hungary, implantation can be performed for any healthy patients over 18 years of age. Unfortunately, in some cases, dental implantation cannot be applied, as some diseases can contraindicate implantation.
Oral hygiene after implantation
After the implantations, regular dental and oral care is essential for long-lasting implants. Poor oral hygiene will eventually lead to the loss of dental implants.
Proper dental and oral hygiene after dental implantation:
• a minimum of twice-daily tooth brushing
• weekly rinsing with Listerine or Chlorhexamed (or other similar products)
• avoiding smoking
• avoiding the consumption of sweet food
• a control check-up twice a year, fully following the dentist’s instructions
• tartar removal is recommended every six months
If the patient has the right amount of bone, dental implantation is a 1-1.5-hour process depending on the number of implants to be inserted. It takes place in local anaesthesia. The dental implant insertion is followed by a 3-4 months of recovery time, and then the patient returns to the surgery, so that we can prepare them the final crowns for the implants in our dental laboratory.
Impression is taken, and the patient is called back for a frame try-in. If the prosthesis is made from zirconium, the colour will be determined before the frame try-in so that the colour of the new crown perfectly matches those of the existing teeth.
If based on the examinations, the amount of the patient’s bone is not adequate at the future place of the dental implant in place is not enough tooth implantation, the oral surgeon dentist may suggest a bone replacement. The bone graft surgery is also performed under local anaesthesia. Often the bone grafting can be performed in parallel with the insertion of the dental implants that is at the same time, but sometimes a few months of recovery time needed.