Implantology is the branch of dentistry which deals with implantation; in other words, the placement of mainly metallic parts (titanium screws) into the jaw bone.
The Branemark System was developed in Sweden by a research team led by Prof. P.I. Branemark. He discovered that, when implants made of pure titanium and of a cylindrical design were placed in bone using a controlled surgical technique, the bone would then grow directly onto the surface of the implant.
This created a lasting biological bond which is termed osseointegration. From these original observations and many years of development, experiment and clinical trials have led to the proven technical techniques available to patients today.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the upper or lower jaw. It will bond with the bone over time and thus serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The main limitation is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
Is old age a problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a bridge/crown?
Improved appearance: When you lose entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or bridge doesn’t.
Maintained natural teeth: With traditional practices, two teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about. The implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after installation. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
How will dental implants affect my life?
Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you are used to. You can continue smoking as well, if you must. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.
How much time is required for an implant placement?
Traditionally, the procedure has been performed in two steps. The dentist began by installing the implant, which was left for from three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, the patient was given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown could be put in place.
Today, there is an alternative to the two-step method that allows you to have the implant installed in one whole piece in one single session. This new method has simplified the procedure a lot, both for patients and dentists.This method is called: " Immediate Loading of Dental Implants"
The procedure which is chosen depends on several factors, such as the patient’s dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.
Immediate Loading Implants: The Procedure from A to Z
Immediate loading implants are the implants that are loaded within 15 days of the insertion.
Clinical and radiographical diagnosis and therapy planning. Impressions for the production of the temporary teeth which will be used for the 3 first days after the insertion of the implants.
Surgery for insertion of the implants in position (when possible flapless). If teeth or remaining roots are to be removed they will be removed in this session.
- Impression of the inserted implants. - Temporary teeth will be fixed in the patients' mouth for the next 3 days.
Placing of the temporary fixed teeth in the mouth of the patient (these teeth will remain in position for the next 3-6 months. They almost look like the final ceramic teeth and they have almost the same function
Part II (2-6 months later)
Final impressions for the production of the final ceramic bridge.
Final ceramic teeth will be evaluated.
Cementation of the final ceramic teeth.
Is the treatment painful?
Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Anesthesia and patient sedation are used to eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask us to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.
How quick is the surgery?
The surgery is a quick procedure. Our Specialists need about 30 min for the painfree placement of 2 implants.
What is the Flapless method and how is it done?
The Flapless Method is an easy method of inserting the implants. No flap will be elevated so the procedure is non-traumatic, with no bleeding and is really quick. For each implant to be inserted a small hole is opened on the gum and from this hole the implant gets placed in possition
How will I feel after the treatment?
It is normal to have some small bruises and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day. Expect the discomfort to go away after the second day from the surgery.
What kinds of implants will be used in the Nicosia Dental Polyclinic?
There are many different companies which produce implants nowadays. The implants we use are the Nobel Biocare Implant System & the Megagen Implant System.
How much do implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. Typically, there is a fee for the surgical procedure and a separate fee for attaching the posts and constructing your replacement teeth. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have our doctor recommend the treatment that is best for you.