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Dental implant surgery

IF I LOSE A LOT OR ALL OF MY TEETH, CAN I RESTORE THEM WITH IMPLANTS?

Yes. In this case, we usually use the advanced All-on-4® treatment concept. This is where we insert four titanium implants into the jaw, which then act as anchors for the new artificial teeth.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IMMEDIATE AND FLAPLESS IMPLANT PLACEMENT?

With immediate implant placement, as soon as we extract the bad tooth, we put an implant in its place and secure a temporary crown on top of it. After immediate implant placement, no long-healing wounds that appear during tooth extraction are left in the mouth – they are filled by the implant and the temporary crown. During this procedure, we preserve the jawbone and gums as much as possible (we do not make an incision or expose the bone). The wound heals quickly, and you don’t have to go a single day without your tooth. A few months later, we replace the temporary crown with a permanent one. Since this type of treatment is usually quick and painless, we can treat several teeth at once during the same appointment. Flapless implant placement is a technique that falls within the concept of minimally invasive surgery. Before placing the implant, we open a very small cavity in the gums corresponding to the diameter of the implant, so after the procedure, there are no unpleasant sensations such as inflammation or swelling. There is also no need to take painkillers or antibiotics for a long time. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. We put a temporary crown on the implant. After this procedure, you will have a beautiful and functional tooth that you can use to eat, drink and smile. A few months later, we will replace the temporary crown with a permanent prosthesis – a dental crown with a ceramic finish.

IF I LOST JUST ONE TOOTH, DO I NEED TO REPLACE IT WITH AN IMPLANT?

We do not recommend leaving your mouth without any kind of prosthesis or implant after losing a tooth. If a gap (defect) is left, the adjacent teeth lose their support and slowly begin to change their position, leaning into the empty space. The masticatory load is also unevenly distributed, so some teeth wear out faster than others.

WHAT ARE IMPLANTS MADE OF?

Dental implants are made of titanium, and we attach metal-free zirconia crowns to them. The temporary prosthesis that you will wear until the gums form are made at the clinic during your appointment, so you will probably leave with your new teeth the same day and be able to smile and eat confidently.

WHAT SHOULD I DO DIFFERENTLY AFTER IMPLANT PLACEMENT?

Avoid hot food and drinks on the day of the procedure. Only eat warm food. Under no circumstances should you rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Avoid heavy physical and mental work. We also recommend refraining from smoking and drinking alcohol on the first day. The day after the procedure, start rinsing your mouth with distilled water or mouthwash twice daily (especially after meals). Do this for five to seven days. In the first week after surgery, clean plaque from the wound with a special brush. If you have any questions, please call our clinic at +370 610 11 222. We will be happy to help you.

WILL THE IMPLANTS BE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF MY TEETH?

No. We colour-match the crown using a digital method that allows us to reproduce the shade of each of your own teeth very precisely, so the artificial tooth will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.

HOW LONG WILL IMPLANT TREATMENT TAKE?

Our doctor will determine the individual duration of treatment after performing an examination and drawing up a detailed treatment plan. Depending on the condition of your teeth and bone, additional procedures may be required. Implant placement itself usually takes about 20 minutes. The temporary crowns are usually affixed during the same appointment, and the permanent ones – three to five months later.

IS IMPLANTATION PAINFUL?

During the implantation procedure, you can choose between analgesics or sedation, where we put you to sleep until the procedure is finished. Many people still cannot believe that implant placement is painless. The first time, everyone is very apprehensive, tense and nervous, and then are surprised after the surgery that it was not as terrible as they thought it would be. The second time around, the patients are like different people – they come in undaunted and with a smile on their face, because they know it isn’t going to hurt. After surgery too, not everyone experiences pain.

WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If the implant placement procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced specialist and the implants used are of high quality, the risk of failure is minimal. 97-98% of implantation procedures are successful.* *The osseointegration rate for implants inserted in completely healed extraction sockets is 98.05%, and 96.52% for those inserted in the place of a recently extracted tooth. (According to Degidi M, Nardi D, Piattelli A. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res. 2012 Dec; 14 (6):828-38.)

Oral hygiene

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO SEE A DENTAL HYGIENIST?

If you have inflammation of the gums or symptoms of periodontitis. Oral hygiene is also extremely important if you have braces, or are preparing for teeth whitening, implant surgery, prosthetic restoration or root canal treatment.

AFTER HAVING MY TEETH CLEANED, THEY ARE MORE SENSITIVE AND MY GUMS BLEED. IS THAT NORMAL?

Yes. After a professional teeth cleaning, you may experience unpleasant sensations for a few days. Your gums may bleed and your teeth may be more sensitive to heat and cold. Therefore, we recommend brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste for sensitive teeth, and rinsing your mouth with warm solutions that soothe the tissues (chamomile tea, salt solutions). The unpleasant sensations usually subside two days after the oral hygiene procedure, and your oral cavity should fully recover within two weeks. If the unpleasant sensations last longer, contact our dentist.

CAN I EAT AND DRINK IMMEDIATELY AFTER A PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING?

We recommend refraining from eating, consuming pigmented drinks (coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine) and smoking for three hours after your dental hygiene appointment.

IS A PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING PAINFUL?

This procedure is not usually painful. If your teeth are more sensitive, it may not be all that pleasant, but the hygienist can give you anaesthesia if you like.

HOW LONG DOES PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING TAKE?

It usually takes from 30 minutes to an hour, but it can take up to 90 minutes if the condition of your oral cavity is very poor, with a lot of plaque and tartar.

IS PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING DONE ON CHILDREN?

Yes. The procedure is even performed on very young patients whose teeth have already erupted.

DOES BAD BREATH MEAN THAT YOU HAVE A DECAYED TOOTH?

Not necessarily. Bad breath is caused by bacteria and plaque that settle between the teeth, on the tongue or in the periodontal pockets.

DOES COFFEE, TEA AND SMOKING CAUSE MORE PLAQUE?

Yes. Coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco, smoking and other substances that stain influence the rapid appearance of pigment plaques.

CAN MOUTHWASH REMOVE PLAQUE THAT A TOOTHBRUSH CAN’T REACH?

No. Oral rinses only slow down the formation of plaque, but to remove it, you need to brush your teeth very carefully and use interdental brushes and floss.

DO I NEED TO GET MY TEETH CLEANED PROFESSIONALLY EVEN IF I BRUSH MY TEETH THREE TIMES A DAY?

Yes. Even with the most diligent dental care, it is impossible to remove all of the plaque and bacteria, so have your teeth cleaned professionally at least once a year. Besides, the frequency and duration of brushing do not significantly affect the maintenance of oral health. The most important thing is how thoroughly you brush your teeth, what dental care products you use and whether you use them correctly.

Oral hygiene and teeth whitening

I’M PREGNANT. CAN I GET DENTAL WORK DONE?

Oral health has a huge impact on a person’s overall well-being. A baby should be born in a healthy environment. If any procedures (X-rays) can or must be postponed – we will definitely warn you during the appointment. However, be sure not to put it off, because once the baby is born, you will have to deal with the challenges of motherhood and will not have a lot of free time, so it will be even harder to fit in a visit to the dentist. Putting off dental treatment for several years is not healthy for you or your little one.

Teeth straightening

CAN ADULTS ALSO HAVE THEIR TEETH STRAIGHTENED?

Yes, adults can also have their teeth straightened.

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