Understanding Dentistry: Dental Implants

Dental implants are an effective way of replacing missing teeth. In the fact, they are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile and they are designed to blend in with your other teeth. Indeed, the use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth.

Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. Dental implants (also known as “tooth implants” or “tooth screws”) is surgically placed titanium or zirconia screw-like components that join (osseointegrate) with the jawbone where they function as an anchor for replacement teeth.

These metal posts or frames are used to support dental prostheses such as dental crowns, tooth bridges or dentures (false teeth). The main goal of teeth replacement in dentistry is to restore function as well as esthetics.

Choosing a suitable clinic for dental implants

Choosing a suitable dental implant clinic starts with a correct dental diagnostics usually involving an OPG x-ray or CT-scan supported by the experience of a dental implant surgeon (not a regular dentist) and their specialised team. Surgery should be performed in a dental implant clinic using proven, high-grade dental implants, under a microscope, loupes, or using digital guided surgery.

As dental implant surgery is classified as outpatient surgery, it is also worthwhile looking at the level of comfort and extra services provided in your chosen dental implant clinic. Reported patient feedback from patients who have had dental implants in your particular chosen dental implant clinic is worth looking at.

Once you are looking for the dental clinic you should consider these factors:

  • Your state of health,
  • Location of missing tooth or teeth,
  • Quantity and quality of the jawbone,
  • Quality of dental clinic (the useful tool is GCR.org – international comparison of dental clinics)
  • If dental tourism is an option – proximity, quality, price.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants provide stable support for artificial teeth because they are fused to your jawbone. Ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible for some people due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. Moreover, some people will not choose implants, because they are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement.

If you want to receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Regular oral hygiene and dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

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How does the process look like?

1:) First of all, the dentist will surgically place the implant into your jawbone. What’s more, after the treatment, your dentist may recommend you a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.

2.) Next step in this dental treatment is called osseointegration – the bone around the implant heals in a process. The bone actually grows around it and this makes an implant so strong. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time some time. There are patients who might need to wait up to several months before the replacement can be attached to the implant. Some patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.

3.) The the last step, artificial tooth/teeth are going to be placed on the implant. If you need a single tooth implant, a dentist will customize a new tooth (dental crown) for you to blend in with your other teeth (based on size, shape, colour and fit).

Custom-made bridges or dentures are used by replacing more than a single tooth. They are made to fit your mouth and your implants. It is important to underline, that the replacement teeth usually take some time to prepare. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary replacement which allows you to do your regular activities until the permanent replacement is ready.

Who is the right candidate for dental implants?

If you are interested in dental implants, you should discuss it carefully with your dentist first of all. For a patient in good general health is this treatment a suitable option. In fact, the state of health is the more important factor than age. This means, that you should be medically evaluated by a physician before an implant surgery is made.

Nevertheless, the patient with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukaemia, may interfere with healing after surgery and they may not be good candidates for implants. Smoking or using tobacco products can slow healing as well.

Treatment time for dental implants

The time involved with patients needing dental implants typically ranges from one day to up to a year depending on the dental implant method used, such as immediate loading dental implants or conservative dental implants where bone grafts and sinus lifts are needed to provide strength in the jawbone.

Clinic & patient outcomes for dental implants

Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots for patients who have missing teeth or need teeth removing, and they enable the patient to have the function and look of having real teeth again for many years to come.

Complication rates for dental implants

GCR looks at the number of dental implants that have been rejected or failed to provide continual satisfaction for the patient.

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Cost of dental implants

US average cost of dental implants: $500-$6000 Results were taken from our 2017 assessment of 127,000 dental implant clinics in 126 countries where dental implant surgery is done. This is excluding consultation, diagnostics, models, and further items often needed such as the dental implant abutment, tooth crown, bone graft, sinus lift, temporary teeth, medication, anaesthetic, dental hygiene session.

Here you can see the prices in the popular dental tourism destinations:

Poland – 450 € – 1 100 €,

Costa Rica – 500 € – 800 €,

Mexico – between 500 € up to 1 600 €,

Thailand – 685 € up to 1 500 €,

The United Kingdom – starting from 1 200 €,

Germany – starting from 1 800 €,

Croatia – price starting from 700 €.

Top clinics worldwide – dental implants

  1. Kalmar Implant Dentistry d.o.o. (Croatia)
  2. Dentocare Dental & Implant Centre (India)
  3. FMS Dental Hospitals (India)
  4. Dentim Europe (Poland)
  5. Polyclinic Rident – Rijeka (Croatia)
  6. Healthy Smiles Dental Care Centre (India)
  7. Tooth & Go Dental Clinic (Philippines)
  8. Goodness Dental (Costa Rica)
  9. HD Dental (Hungary)
  10. Helvetic Clinics (Hungary)

Are you searching for dentist abroad and do you need help? Please contact our medical specialists at contact@gcr.org or search for the best dental clinic though GCR.org

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