Frequently asked questions about dental implants

Is the application of an implant a painful procedure?
As with other procedures, the dentist will use a local anesthetic – therefore the treatment is painless. The inconvenience for the patient is comparable to tooth extraction surgery.
Is it always possible to have an implant?
Any healthy adult who has the right amount and quality of bone at the site of the planned implant can undergo this procedure. The general state of health can have a significant impact on the success of treatment. Past or present general diseases such as unstable diabetes, cancer, blood diseases and osteoporosis can have a negative impact on the process of osseointegration (healing of the implant), and wound healing.
A common problem is an insufficient quantity and quality of bone tissue. The amount of tissue can be increased by regeneration treatments.
Is old age a problem?
Sometimes elderly patients are concerned that their age may prevent having dental implants. However, health is a much more important factor than age. In patients whose state of health allows tooth extraction, then dental implants may be possible. However this type of procedure can be prevented by certain chronic diseases. After careful consideration of a patient’s medical history the clinician will assess whether a patient is eligible for dental implants.
How do you feel after the treatment?
It is normal for minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. The full ability to work should return the next day. If you complain of hypersensitivity or swelling, you can take painkillers and cool the mouth down with ice. The dentist will also prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash and antibiotic if necessary.
How long does it take to put a dental implant in?
Treatment traditionally takes from 3 to 6 months. The dentist inserts the implant, which is left for a period of 3 to 6 months until healed and securely connected to the bone. During this healing time the patient receives a temporary prosthesis, used to secure the crown until the final version.
The choice of procedure depends on several factors such as the condition of the teeth, number of teeth to replace, and their position in the jaw. This also affects the total number of visits to the dentist during treatment.
How to clean implants?
Implants require regular cleaning and control visits, just like in the case of natural teeth. It’s necessary to clean them with a brush, irrigator and dental floss in a way indicated by the dental practitioner or hygienist. Control visits are necessary every 6 months or more (depending on recommendations).
Are the implants I receive safe?
Your implant is made out of titanium, a biocompatible metal that is tolerated by the human body. After insertion the implant integrates with the jaw or mandible bone within a couple of months.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A maxillary sinus is one of two air filled spaces located on both sides below the cheeks, above the teeth and on the sides of the nose. The lowest place of the maxillary sinus floor is most often responsible for position of the first molar. The roots of molars and premolars can penetrate into the sinus. The loss of a tooth located underneath the sinus can lead to bone loss, and expansion of the sinus into the direction of the lost tooth. As a result of this process, the thickness of the bone may be insufficient for stable placement and maintenance of an implant. Implant surgery is necessary to raise the sinus floor. After reaching the sinus floor the sinus membrane is lifted to the previous position using specialised instruments. Into this space a bone substitute biomaterial is grafted in, which when healed will create a stable base for a dental implant.
What are the stages of implant treatment?
Each implant treatment is preceded by a thorough clinical and radiological examination. On this basis the clinician establishes a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s individual needs. The implant treatment is carried out in two stages: the first stage is defined as the surgical part and the second stage as the prosthetic part.
Does smoking affect implant treatment?
Smoking worsens the ability to regenerate tissue and impairs microcirculation. In consequence the chance of a positive outlook regarding integration and the implant lasting long term becomes significantly reduced. It has been proven that smoking increases the rejection of the implant up to four times than non-smokers. It also contributes to deposition of hard-to-remove deposits on the teeth and restoration.
How should I care for implants?
Oral hygiene plays a very important role in the success of implant treatment. If dental implants are to fulfill their function for a long time, the patient has a responsibility to maintain exemplary oral hygiene. This requires self-discipline and working closely with the dentist, and starts just after the end of the procedure – do not eat for 2 hours, and hot dishes should be avoided all day. It is important not to smoke (at least for 48 hours after surgery) and limit foods conducive to plaque build-up. Impurities that may accumulate around the implant can act as a breeding ground for bacteria, which may lead to the development of infection and in extreme cases rejection of the implant. It is recommended to start gentle brushing of the teeth as soon as possible. It also helps to use an antibacterial mouthwash two or three times a day. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene throughout the whole period of having implants. It is also beneficial to have professional teeth cleaning regularly performed, often combined with check-up visits.
Are implants long lasting?
From the moment of insertion, implants can accompany the patient until the rest of their life, depending on how they are maintained. Implants can get damaged by injury, periodontal disease or bad oral hygiene.All scientific studies have shown that in 80% of cases implant loss is associated with a lack of proper hygiene. The material which dental implants are made is biocompatible, which is safe to be in contact with living human tissue, and so rejection, as is the case for example during organ transplants, doesn’t occur,.
The implant itself is indestructible. However, since the implant is placed in the living body sometimes reactions to foreign bodies can occur depending on some general factors, such as illness or addiction, which may have a negative impact on the effect of therapy.
Are there certain conditions that I have to meet?
There are several conditions that you must meet if you want to use implants:

  • jaw bone: the presence of a sufficient base of the jaw bone,
  • healthy gums: gums around your teeth must be healthy,
  • motivation: must be great enough to consistently maintain oral hygiene
  • health: must be in good condition


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