Questions and answers
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium screws which replace the natural roots of teeth.
Do the new teeth look like natural teeth?
When dental implants are used in combination with a modern dental prosthesis, it is almost impossible to distinguish an implant fitted with a ceramic crown from a natural tooth.
Is the treatment safe?
Over the last 30 years, millions of people around the world have enjoyed the benefits and improved quality of life thanks to dental implants. The continual development in implant treatments has led to a reduction in treatment times and high rates of success.
The potential risks are tied to the clinical picture of each individual patient: inadequate oral hygiene or pre-existing disease, such as diabetes or osteoporosis, may reduce the chances of a successful treatment.
What are the conditions necessary for the insertion of implants?
There are no restrictions linked to age because bone growth has concluded.
Critical to the success of the treatment is a thorough assessment of the patient, including their overall state of heath to the condition of their teeth as well as the quantity and quality of the bone in the area involved. The dentist is the key figure who will determine your suitability as a candidate for the procedure.
How long will the implants last?
With good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, they can last for over 30 years.
It the treatment painful?
The treatment is performed in the dental surgery under local anaesthetic to reduce pain and discomfort to a minimum.
How do I care for the new teeth?
The new teeth must be cleaned and checked regularly, just like natural teeth.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. After a short period of adjustment, chewing with the prosthesis will be comparable to chewing with natural teeth.
How much does an implant surgery cost?
The cost depends on the complexity of the case, the number of implants required and the type of prosthesis needed.
In the majority of clinical cases, dental implants are the most economical solution over time.
How much time does it take to position an implant?
The procedure is usually performed in two stages. First, the dentist fits the implant, which is then left to heal for three to six months, allowing it to integrate with the maxillary bone.
During the healing period, the patient has a temporary prosthesis fitted until the permanent crown is positioned. Today, there is an alternative to the two-stage method where the implant is fitted in a single sitting.
The choice of which procedure to use depends on several factors such as, the condition of the patient’s teeth, the number of teeth involved and the type of teeth being replaced.
These factors also determine the total number of visits throughout the period of treatment.
What is an implant passport?
The implant passport is a small file the dental studio gives to the patient upon completion of the implant treatment.
It contains all the information related to the dental implant which has been inserted: serial number, production lot and its position in the mouth.